Guyanese want LGE – Head of Lead Project; Meeting planned for tonight in Georgetown

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By Kurt Campbell

Head of the USAID Leadership and Democracy Project in Guyana, Glenn Bradbury. [iNews' Photo]
Head of the USAID Leadership and Democracy Project in Guyana, Glenn Bradbury. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Chief of Party and Head of the USAID Leadership and Democracy Project in Guyana, Glenn Bradbury says the ongoing work under the project has been rewarding so far.

Glenn, in an exclusive interview with iNews said a meeting, which he anticipates to attract hundreds of persons, is set to take place at Queen’s College, Georgetown tonight [Thursday, October 2], from 17:00hrs to 19:00hrs.

Already meetings were conducted in Rosignol, Rosehall and New Amsterdam to which hundreds of persons turned up.

“We are getting a good reception and people are asking a degree of questions and some pretty straight forward and direct questions,” Bradbury said.

He said from his interaction, it is clear that a lot of Guyanese want Local Government Elections (LGE) even as he pointed out that Guyanese in other parts of the world are participating fully in the electoral processes and take their civic duties seriously in those adopted countries.

He informed that representatives from both the governing and Opposition parties along with Non – Governmental Organisations (NGOs), senior groups, youths and individual citizens have all been accounted for at these meetings.

Bradbury reminded that the purpose of the town hall meetings are to deliver civic education and discuss among other things, what local government is, what it does, why is it important to participate in the process and the responsibilities and rights of voters in such elections.

He pointed out that a relationship has been established with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) where a representative is present at all meetings to help answer questions and to ensure that the information being disseminated is accurate.

These meetings are to “galvanize and provide a venue for citizens to receive information about local government,” he added. The Chief of Party believes that with more knowledge, it will see more involvement of people in the electoral process but cautioned that “it is a two Way Street… people can complain all they want about the government or a political party but they have to get involved to see change.”

He made it clear that he has no political ideology but is only interested in consulting with people to hear what issues they have and try to provide assistance through his program.

The LEAD project which commenced in July 2013 is expected to end on April 1, 2015.

“I’m not sure will happen, if new programs will commence or this will be extended but I will like to see it fulfill its mandate in the time and with the budget we have left.”

In recalling the halt that the project experienced earlier in the year following concerns raised by the administration, the Project Head stated “its water under the bridge, you can’t put a Genie back in a bottle and I have never been a person to concentrate on negativity, but the agreement reached is positive… if I had to leave I would have but I have faith in both the Government of Guyana and the U.S Embassy to reach an agreement.”

He said he understands why the interruption occurred and he supports the process.

He advised that people have a right to vote for who they want but must know what the issues are before casting their vote; adding that “it’s simple when u think about it but in other parts of the world is not so simple.”

He said Guyanese should be very proud of their country and what future it has; explaining that the LEAD project will have no direct impact on when Local Government Elections, which was last held in Guyana two decades ago, will be held. He said that will be determined through political will of all Parties.

The LEAD Project has three main agendas; to assist and support the development of youth and women organization so that their voice is heard by all Parties, to work with the National Assembly’s staff and elected officials to make it work better in serving the people and to education the population on local government elections.

 

4 COMMENTS

  1. how come the racist didnt come out and call me a racist..yall racist knows exactly what im talking about..its well known facts…

  2. Your headline reads “Guyanese wants LGE” Glen says “a lot of Guyanese wants LGE…”. It is not one and the same thing and I applaud Glen for being truthful. My feedback is that Glen’s “town hall” meetings were poorly attended. This is no surprise because Guyanese have much more important things to think about and they know LGE will change NOTHING.

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    “These meetings are to “galvanize and provide a venue for citizens to receive information about local government,” The best persons to provide this information are officers from GECOM and I note a representative is in attendance. I am curious to learn what Glen is telling “his” audience, apart from what they already know and what is his role .

    I suggest Glen take some time and visit the magnificent Kaieteur Falls and the village of Chenapau, the beautiful and sprawling Rupununni, the historic North West district and Shell Beach. Talk with the people there and enjoy great and warm Guyanese hospitality. Cheers, man.

  3. Mr Bradbury:
    These people always vote PNC.
    They eat drink and live PNC.
    They do not have to think.
    The PNC are thinking for them.
    How come all of a sudden everyone of the PNCites want LGE.
    Guyanese are a hard working people.
    Their main focus is to go to work and put food on the table for their children.
    PNCites are protestors and freeloaders.
    Check who is calling Sir and who is making the loudest noise.

  4. The LEAD Project has three main agendas; to assist and support the development of youth and women organization so that their voice is heard by all Parties, to work with the National Assembly’s staff and elected officials to make it work better in serving the people and to education the population on local government elections.

    Youth!!!! in guyana and the world over when the word “youth” mentioned then the entire worlds people knows its “black youth” its a fact so dont fight it.

    on women organization..again take a serious look at the “women” organizations in Guyan and you will see majority ” black women” but what changed for women? absolute nothing..When security forces go to arrest black criminals and the black ladies throw themselves in front of security to block security so the criminal can escape Red Thread and GHRA dead silent..It means they condone these actions..The women in RED Thread act as Mouth and Arm for political opposition PNC…check their records…The kick up a stink when they can gain political miles for PNC but when it comes to Bull the black boy and the black school girls Bull was screwing Red Thread went dead silent..check it out for self…
    Glenn cant see the power hungry gluts in Parliament..
    Glen cant see who are some of the people representing people in Parliament.
    One should show Glenn the records of PNC Basil Williams and Winston Felix and ask him if they should be members of Parliament or jail birds..

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