September 26, 2016

President predicts “decisive victory” as he casts ballot at historic LGE

By Devina Samaroo

President David Granger was the first to cast his ballot at the Enterprise Primary School early Friday morning in the Local Government Elections (LGEs), the first since 1994.

President David Granger and First Lady Sandra Granger display their inked fingers after casting their ballots in the Local Government Elections 2016

President David Granger and First Lady Sandra Granger display their inked fingers after casting their ballots in the Local Government Elections 2016

Outgoing Georgetown Mayor Hamilton Greene wants the new M&CC to continue to restore the Capital City

Outgoing Georgetown Mayor Hamilton Greene wants the new M&CC to continue to restore the Capital City

He was highly optimistic that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) coalition will emerge victorious in almost all of the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils and municipalities across Guyana.
In fact, the President anticipated “decisive” victories in those areas his government recently granted the prestigious township status.
“APNU/AFC is the coalition party that brought township to those communities. All three of them are old communities, Mabaruma, Bartica and Lethem and this is something we promised since 2011. I campaigned in all three and they (people) are very happy that it is the coalition that brought township status to them and I think there will be a good turnout and I think the coalition will have a decisive victory in all three,” he stated.
The Head of State took pride in being able to restore local democracy to Guyanese so they can finally take charge of their communities and was not at all discouraged by the initial poor turnout at the polling station in his constituency – Constituency Nine Lodge/Meadow Brook, Durban Backlands.
“We were able to deliver to the Guyanese people after one year in Office something that they craved for the last 19 years so I feel very happy and satisfied,” he stated.
The President was accompanied by First Lady Sandra Granger, who underscored the significance of women participating in the process.
“I think women are smart enough to know when they cast their ballot today that they are going to have a say in their own local communities by being able to speak directly to their representatives,” she expressed.
Shortly after, female independent candidate Mia Richie turned up at the polling station to cast her ballot.
“We received amazing feedback during our campaigns and I am confident of a positive outcome,” she stated.
Outgoing Georgetown Mayor Hamilton Greene, who also voted at that polling place, expressed hopes that the new Mayor and City Council will continue the work to restore the capital city.
“I hope that these elections produce some young people to take care of the management of the city so that we can move forward. At last democracy has been emancipated by the holding of Local Government Elections. It’s a good day for me and I leave graciously and hope that someone will take over the mantle to continue the restoration of Georgetown,” he stated.

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