Jan 27, 2016 Letters
Local Government elections will finally be held after more than twenty years, which is a very good sign that democracy has returned to our beautiful country Guyana.
As I sit and reflected on May 11 2015 National and Regional elections and the outcome I am convinced that the time for a change was necessary however, myself and family are contemplating whether or not to take part in the elections on March 18, 2016.
My concern is due to the fact of what I am hearing and seeing through social network, the split press and the media. I am alarmed that it is discussed that most if not all of the councilors currently serving on the Municipality of Georgetown are contemplating to contest the upcoming elections either as constituency or parties candidates and this is very disturbing and disgusting for the populace.
Editor I have already cautioned my family of six all eligible to vote that come nomination day when the list of candidates have been declared for the APNU+ AFC coalition and there is a list of ‘dinosaurs’ appearing on that list then we will not be taking part in the forthcoming elections. After serving over twenty years as councilors it is very disturbing why the likes of Oscar Clarke, Patricia Chase Greene, Randwell Jordan and others feels that the Georgetown Municipality belongs to them and there is no other one capable of serving the citizens of Georgetown.
His Excellency President Granger in his address to the Parliament of Guyana reiterated the fact that our young people have an integral part to play in nation building and therefore I look forward for a larger number of young people appearing as candidates; people who would have done tremendous work ensuring the coalition gets into office, if this is not reflected then I know for sure my family will not be part of this elections come March 18, 2016. From conversation with many young persons, some of whom are not clear on the local government elections they are saying clearly they will not be voting more so for any “pension society.”
I am urging the People’s National Congress which is a part of the coalition of APNU to be very mindful of these sentiments and try as far as possible to reflect a true representation of the population of Guyana which has a youth population of about 60%. This is a new dispensation, while not reflected at the Executive level, I am hoping that it will be reflected at the local level. It is time that our young people have a say in society at all levels of government, no longer are the youth leaders of tomorrow rather they are leaders of today. While I have passed the age prescribed as being youth by the policy of Guyana, I have children who fit into that category and therefore I speak boldly on behalf of them. I do strongly believe that APNU+ AFC coalition will understand after these elections that the Guyanese people are not obligated to them.
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