By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) does not have any faith in the Government to deliver on its promise of Local Government Elections (LGE) and is saying that the new time frame for the elections should be taken with a pinch of salt.
General Secretary, Clement Rohee at a press conference on October 26 stated that recent statements that “Local Government elections is likely to be held in the second quarter of next year and in the midst of nationwide celebrations marking Guyana’s 50th anniversary of independence has come as no surprise.”
“Ironically, the nation had to await a meeting between Gecom and representatives of the ABC countries to learn that local government elections will be held in 2016. How shameful! It was not until the said meeting with the Western countries’ diplomats that the government sprung into action,” Rohee stated.
When asked of the insinuations being made in his statement, Rohee said there was none.
The “statement should be taken with a pinch of salt since a number of issues are yet to be settled long before local government elections are held, included among them are the legal and administrative measures required to transform Bartica, Mabaruma, Madhia and Lethem into townships,” the General Secretary stated.
“The APNU+AFC is hoping that they will be able to replace the current PPP Regional Chairmen at Regions 1 and 9 with pro-government Mayors and Town Clerks in the new Municipalities. The PPP wishes to point out that no amount of visits to hospitals, tree planting exercises or social bribes such as distribution of shoes and sports gears at Lethem, Mabaruma and other communities will convince residents that the services provided by the extant RDCs will qualitatively improve by moving from an RDC to a Municipally. Taxation policies will be no easy matter either.”