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Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Commissioner Vincent Alexander yesterday announced that the Secretariat is prepared for the 2016 Local Government Elections and will address every one of PPP’s concerns prior to the elections.“I think we are right on schedule for March 18,Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys,” Alexander said, explaining that the Ministry would not have set March 18,Wholesale NFL Jerseys China, 2016 as the date for polls if they had not first consulted with the Guyana Elections Commission.One of the Secretariat’s major apprehensions, he said,Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping, is knowing the size of the population in a few constituencies. He indicated that there were about eight such constituencies.Alexander stated further that the Commission was prepared to resolve every one of the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) concerns before the polls.On Friday, Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan announced March 18, 2016 as the date for the Local Government Elections.Although, the Constitution stipulates that the elections should be held every three years, the last elections were held in 1994. The extensive delay was caused by reforms agreed to by the then People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) government and the People’s National Congress, with the last bits of legislation being passed this year.Over the years, there were many calls and protest actions for the then PPP government to hold the elections.The PPP had even vowed that once it was re-elected in the 2011 General and Regional Elections, the elections would be held within the span of a year. However,Cheap NBA Jerseys China, after the victory,Cheap NFL Jerseys China, there were no further talks on the side of the government for the holding of the polls.Declaring a date for the polls was one of the promises the Coalition government set out in its first 100 days in office. Speaking at the media briefing, Bulkan stated that it was the former government that showed reluctance for the holding of the elections while the APNU-AFC coalition fervently pursued its occurrence.The elections will be held in nine towns and 62 Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs). Bulkan bemoaned that for too long the people were denied their right to elect their own local leaders.“This is an important time in our history; your government has recently declared that Guyanese will have the opportunity to democratically elect Councillors to manage towns and neighbourhoods,” he said, insisting the polls were essential because the entire local government system is “rotten” and in need of rehabilitation.“Democratic renewal of local government organs is long overdue,” he stated.Local governments are mandated by law to provide services such as improving living conditions, creating employment in the various local areas, maintaining roads, bridges and other important infrastructure,Cheap Jerseys From China Outlet, garbage collection, cleaning of drains, promoting a healthy environment and encouraging citizens’ involvement in their communities.The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) commenced its Claims and Objections Exercise for Local Government Elections on November 9 to produce a Register of Voters (RoV) for each of the nine Municipalities and sixty two Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs). The exercise will end on December 13, 2015.To facilitate the successful conduct of this exercise, GECOM has established 160 Claims and Objections Offices at strategic locations within all of the Municipalities and NDCs. All of these offices have been gazette and published in the print media, prior to the commencement of the exercise as is required legislatively.
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