As citizens across the country embarked on casting their votes in the Local Government Elections (LGE), Guyana Times
Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton displays his inked finger after exercising his franchise
caught up with some of the politicians on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD) to get their reactions to the historic polls.
At the Success Elementary School in Eccles, EBD, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary Clement Rohee; Opposition parliamentarian Jennifer Westford; and Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton, weighed in on the voting process after casting their votes.
Rohee told reporters that persons are coming out to vote because they are energised and enthusiastic about the process. He pointed out that after the polls close at 18:00h, he hopes that the same order and straight-forward process follows. However, he noted that the elections focus is not really on what obtains during the voting but what happens prior to that and the impending events.
“Those are the two areas that one have to pay attention to; so we have done our best to ensure that whatever the concerns and reservations we have prior to (Friday) were addressed. We’re not fully satisfied that all were addressed, it needs to be continued after the Local Government Elections because these issues and concerns
PPP General Secretary Clement Rohee after casting his vote
are relevant to all elections,” he stated.
Moreover, Rohee also expressed concerns about the quality of ink used. “I’m not very satisfied with the quality of the ink… it’s not as strong as it ought to be,” he stated.
Meanwhile, PPP/C Member of Parliament Jennifer Westford told reporters moments after emerging from the polling station that the process was smooth and orderly, but noted that there should be an indication as to which polling station persons ought to go.
“My only problem is that they should have a sign to say which (alphabetical) grouping is at which polling stations… because it’s a very long stairway and persons who are not that fit might not be able to go up and come down one stairway then go up another stair like I had to do,” she remarked.
She noted that there was quite a turnout at some of the polling stations in the area, something which she is pleased about.
On the other, Guyana Times also caught up with Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton moments after he cast his ballot in Eccles. He too noted that this was his first time voting in Local Government Elections.
“I like that everything is going calm and everybody knows what they have to do… This is actually my first time voting at Local Government Elections but I think it’s good we have it now and I’m looking forward to voting again in the next three years time,” he said.
The Minister noted that while there was a poor turnout at the opening of polls, he is sure this will not remain the same throughout the day.