Despite allegations surfacing about child molestation against Winston Harding, a newly-elected Councillor for Georgetown, he remains adamant that he will not vacate his Council seat and does not intend on tendering his resignation from his new post.
Harding, was a candidate for the APNU+AFC in this year’s Local Government Elections for his constituency, but when news spread like wildfire about the child molestation accusations a few days before the local polls, the APNU+AFC stated that it would not support him in the elections.
However, the communities of East and West Ruimveldt did not pull away from supporting him; residents turned up on elections day and voted in favour of him which resulted in him winning against his competitors by a wide margin and securing a spot on the Georgetown City Council.
To date, there has been public uproar as to his position as a Councillor at City Hall but according to the country’s Laws, no Councillor shall be removed from his/her post unless by death or resignation, once he/she has been elected to serve a three-year term.
When asked about whether or not he would be tendering his resignation from the post of Councillor, Harding emphatically stated that he had no intention of doing so.
According to him, until now he was never requested by the APNU+AFC to resign and also does not foresee being asked to tender his resignation from the Office as a City Councillor.
Harding posited that his mission is to now represent citizens of his communities and others throughout the city of Georgetown.
In 2001, Harding was accused of sexually molesting a child, however, the case was thrown out of the Court due to “lack of evidence.”