– President urges new officials to put politics aside for development
Newly elected Mayors and Deputy Mayors of the nine municipalities of Guyana took the oath of office on Wednesday at the Ministry of the Presidency before President David Granger.
President David Granger, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, and Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan surrounded by the newly-appointed Deputy Mayors
Taking the oath to serve faithfully with fear or favour, ill will or affection, the Mayors appeared before the President vowing to responsibly execute their purpose in office.
In the presence of their families, President Granger in delivering the charge to the elected officials encouraged them to strive to fulfil their tasks to the best of their abilities, putting aside favouritism.
Speaking on granting townships to the once three villages, the Head of State highlighted the Government’s plan for these towns and how he plans to develop them into sustaining settlements.
As the towns have proven to be capable of handling its affairs and producing for not only itself but the country generally, Granger said there places are all deserving of the township title. Thus, the President charged the Mayors to take up the mantle of ensuring that they are effective in adopting change in the respective towns.
Regardless of political background, Granger said there should at all times be cooperation in the levels of Government, putting aside differences and enmity.
“When I swear you in, I don’t see PPP, APNU or independent. I see people who are committed to the development of this country,” the President said.
He assured that there should not be fear in working alongside the central government and in addition no fear in executing their functions despite social group or ethnicity.
As taken under oath, he encouraged them to fulfil the vow to which they had solemnly affirmed to work without favouritism.
“That is the vow, and if you don’t fulfil that vow, God be with you,” Granger cited.
The Head of State reminded the Mayors that Guyana is looking forward to their service and there is much work to be done that will build the future.
He tasked them additionally with fulfilling the need for economic growth so that as a town it will thrive.
Granger commended the newly elected officials for their decision to take up the responsibility to ensure that growth is consistent in Guyana.
Of those being sworn in at the ceremony were Mayors from the seven municipalities, including Patricia Chase-Green of the Georgetown Municipality, Kurt Wynter for New Amsterdam, Ganesh Gangadin for Corriverton, Carwyn Holland for Linden, Henry Smith for Mabaruma, Gifford Marshall for Bartica, and Vijay Kumar for Rose Hall.
Present to witness the proceedings were Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Minister of State Joseph Harmon, Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan and Social Cohesion Minister Amna Ally.
On March 18, Guyanese went to local government polls after more than 22 years. However there was a mere 47 per cent voter turnout at the election.
The Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) pulled significant votes in the Proportional Representation (PR) component of the historical Local Government Elections. The results updated on the Election Commission’s website showed the PPP reining in a total 123,564 votes, some 24,894 more than the coalition Government which gained 98,670 votes.
The results were made available some four days after the election.
Out of the 507,584 eligible voters in LGE, 239,070 persons or 47 per cent voted. Out of the total votes cast, 2744 were invalid.