By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Opposition Leader, David Granger believes that his weekly protests in front the Office of the President is bearing fruit as he expressed his optimism that Head of State, Donald Ramotar will set a date for the long overdue Local Government Elections (LGE) in the first quarter of 2015.
During an exclusive interview with iNews, Granger spoke of the recent meetings between the main Opposition Party – A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the President.
The Opposition Leader noted that while President Ramotar has not committed to a date as yet, he is more prepared to name a date.
“I do believe that the government is more prepared now than before to name a date and we’re looking forward to such a date. I think there are consultations with the Guyana Elections Commission and there is some understanding that once the logistics are in place, we will have Local Government Elections,” Granger told iNews.
The Opposition Leader reiterated that the President will not postpone the elections for much longer.
“I do interpret from what he has said; he is not inclined to postpone the Local Government Elections much further. I am confident; we will get Local Government Elections hopefully by the first quarter of next year.”
He explained that if the pending No Confidence Motion is passed in the National Assembly, then there is no question that the General and Regional Elections will take priority.
“We feel at this point in time, there is no reason why elections [LGE] should be postponed any further, we are going back to the National Assembly and there is the possibility that the No Confidence Motion will be raised but we understand under the law that if General and Regional Elections are to be called, they must take priority over Local Government Elections,” Granger noted.
Local government elections were last held in 1994.