Less than 24 hours after the Local Government Elections (LGE) polls closed, President David Granger declared that this ‘historic’ event in the country was a victory for democracy and an opportunity for inclusionary governance.
The President, at a media briefing moments ago, stated that these elections were a return to constitutionality after a lapse of nearly two decades.
“Citizens’ entitlement to participate in decision-making in their municipal and neighbourhood councils has now been restored…We are happy to have achieved this democratic objective in less than ten months after entering office,” he posited.
According to President Granger, the LGE being held is a reassurance of the Government’s commitment to continue its work so as to empower citizens, ensure that the three levels of government (central, regional and municipal) can begin to work for the “common good” and to establish new towns in Guyana.
He also noted that this can also enable the 10 Administrative Regions in the country, to embark on coherent economic development programmes “in concert” with both the central government and municipal administrative organs.
“We thank all Guyanese for the purposeful and peaceful manner with which they participated in the elections…we thank all candidates who competed for office…we thank all political parties and groups for their participation…we thank the Guyana Elections Commission and its staff for their sedulous supervision of the elections…we, all Guyanese, look forward to a new era of democratic governance of our country,” he added.