New regional chairmen to be chosen tomorrow
-McCoy left out by PPP in Region Four
– Mingo left out by APNU in Region Ten
The election of Regional Chairman for the country’s ten administrative regions takes place tomorrow.
Mortimer Mingo, who served as Region Ten Chairman, has not been selected by the main opposition APNU (A Partnership for National Unity) for a spot on the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) and will therefore not be elected chairman again.
Mingo was at the centre of a public row in which it was claimed that he had initially accepted a government offer for a piece of land in the now famous Pradoville 2 where former President Bharrat Jagdeo and a string of high-profile officials had chosen for house lots.
Mingo served as the chairman after being put in the position by his colleagues in the People’s National Congress Reform, which later joined other partners to form APNU to contest the November 28 polls.
Another controversial figure who will not feature in tomorrow’s elections is Kwame McCoy, the President’s Information Liaison Officer, who was accused of disrupting a number of meetings of the RDC for Region Four.
McCoy’s name does not appear on the list submitted by the ruling People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) for tomorrow’s elections.
Councilors for the RDCs are selected by political parties based on votes cast at the elections. A meeting is called by the Regional Executive Officer at which the Councilors are sworn-in. Once they are sworn in, nominations for a chairman and vice-chairman are then made and the two are elected by the very councilors who were sworn in.
The PPP/C is likely to secure the top post in six regions, given that it has an absolute majority of seats on the RDCs on those regions. These are Regions One, Two, Three, Five, Six, and Nine. David Armogan, a self-employed businessman, is likely to be the chairman in Region Six.
APNU is likely to secure the chairmanship in Regions Four, Seven and Ten.
The Region that hangs in the balance is Region Eight, where none of the parties enjoys an absolute majority. With six seats, the AFC has a single majority, but that would not allow it to secure the chairmanship as the combined opposition parties hold a total of nine seats. The PPP/C and APNU gained four seats each, while The United Force, secured one seat on the RDC.