-Gov’t MP reminds that they lost in 2016 & 2018
Opposition Member of Parliament, Ganesh Mahipaul today called on the PPP/C government to set a date for the holding of Local Government Elections.
Mahipaul in his usual charismatic form bashed the government for failing to commit a date for the holding of the elections.
He said the government is not serious about local development, pointing to the fact that the Local government Commission is defunct. The life of the Commission came to an end on October 23, 2020, over four months ago.
Despite the demands of the Mahipaul, Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo had before made it clear that there are still criminal elements in the Guyana Elections Commission.
The Vice President said his party is not against the holding of local government elections but has little faith in the integrity of some officers at GECOM, following March 2, 2020, General and Regional Elections.
From the infamous events that followed the elections and lead to the recount of votes, a number o persons have been charged with offenses related to electoral fraud. Some are; Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield; Chairperson of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), Volda Lawrence; Deputy Chief Elections Officer, Roxanne Myers; Returning Officer for Region Four, Clairmont Mingo among others.
Despite the call for local government elections, long-serving Government Member of Parliament Yvonne Pearson reminded the coalition that, “in 2016 they lost the local government elections, and 2018 licks like peas.”
Meanwhile, Mahipaul also took a jab at the characters of the Ministers of Local Government and Regional Development, Nigel Dharamlall and Anand Persaud.
The Opposition MP said, “we have square pegs in round holes who are intellectually circumcised.”