The importance of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic gaining control over local government authorities was highlighted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo during a meeting with residents of Patentia, West Bank Demerara, on Saturday.
The Opposition Leader was at the time meeting with residents to discuss issues affecting them while encouraging that they exercise their democratic franchise at the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE), slated for March 18.
Jagdeo noted that it is essential for the party to gain power in the local areas, so that the needs of persons at the grassroots levels can be more adequately addressed. Supporters were warned against repeating the “mistake of voter complacency.”
During the meeting, the Opposition Leader also decried the Government’s handling of the Wales Estate closure, noting that the PPP’s recommendations were not acknowledged or heeded by the Administration.
“My fear is that they are spending it [money] so rapidly on things that are not important; nothing to the productive sectors where people are employed or anything that would generate income or wealth for the country,” Jagdeo stressed.
The former President also explained that if these spending patterns continue, money from the treasury “will disappear” and the country will have to “start borrowing” and will eventually end up again in a situation of being heavily indebted.
Jagdeo pointed out that if the Administration does not start reducing excessive spending then “they’re going to take us right back in the past.”
Jagdeo reminded residents there are only three weeks left before LGE and stated that the party should strive to attain victories in at least 50 of the country’s Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs).
He also encouraged youths in the area to assist the older supporters in getting to the polling stations to ensure the party is successful at the 2016 polls.
The former President informed this publication that the prospects of the PPP gaining majority of the NDCs across the country in March are “great.”
“The prospects are great; we are looking to win a significant majority of all of the 72 areas contesting,” stated Jagdeo.
On Saturday, Jagdeo along with PPP/C Member of Parliament, Irfaan Ali held several LGE meetings on West Bank Demerara.
This year’s Local Government Elections will be the first since 1994.