PPP launches countrywide LGE campaign

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LGE: Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo along with Executive Member Zulfikar Mustapha during a LGE meeting in Hogtown, Berbice

The Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), in preparation for the November 12 Local Government Elections (LGE), launched its campaign in all 10 Administrative Regions throughout Guyana during the course of last week.

PPP General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo late last week launched its Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) campaign. The Party held four meetings in the Region at Number 70 Village, Number 56 Village, Hogtown Chesney, and Hampshire.

Jagdeo has pointed out that the Party was implementing a 12-point criteria list for choosing persons to represent their constituencies at the upcoming LGE. Addressing a crowd of about 400 at Number 70 Village, Jagdeo said one of the criteria was to ensure widespread consultation to select a representative.

“We don’t want the people who are selected to represent you in an area to be selected by a small group of people of the party group alone. We want widespread consultation with our people in the areas, so that the people that we select are the best people we put forward. I hope that you participate in that process to help us to select those people, because in the past like at the last elections in some of the NDCs [Neighbourhood Democratic Councils], we had a small group who sat down and decided who will run and when we won those areas we were stuck with small groups of persons who did not have the skills to move the communities forward,” he noted.

The Opposition Leader asked all to participate in the process and said by August 18, the names of those selected should be submitted to the Party’s head office. Meanwhile, PPP Executive Member Zulfikar Mustapha explained that the Kilcoy/Chesney NDC area was critical to the Party as he made mention of the 1994 LGE.

A section of the gathering during the launch of the LGE campaign in Region Six

“In 1994, when we had Local Government Elections we had a tie in this NDC [Fyrish/Gibraltar] and we went back to a by-election and we won it… At the last Local Government Elections in 2016, we had another tie and instead of the Government and the Ministry of Communities go back to a by-election, the Minister decided to choose the APNU [A Partnership for National Unity] appoint a Chairman and a Vice Chairman,” Mustapha told the gathering.

Party member Anand Persaud stressed that in many of the communities that he has visited across Guyana, persons were starved for development.

“Everywhere I go, I see people with faces expressing despair; people are down and they look as if they have lost hope,” Persaud said.

On Tuesday, the PPP/C launched its LGE campaign in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) while on Wednesday, it launched the Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) campaign.

On Saturday, Jagdeo conducted a number of outreaches in Regions Three and Four (Demerara-Mahaica) in preparation for the campaigning season. The PPP/C is hoping to win the LGE by a landslide as it prepares for the 2020 General Election.

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