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Candidates won because of big Party endorsements – Granger

APNU+AFC's candidates managed an impressive showing at the polls

APNU+AFC’s candidates managed an impressive showing at the polls

President David Granger says that candidates from the two major political Parties, APNU+AFC and the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), that managed to secure victories in Friday’s Local Government Elections, were able to do so because of their political backing.

Preliminary results from yesterday’s polls indicate that candidates fielded by the APNU+AFC and the PPP were by and large successful.

APNU+AFC candidates managed to win Constituencies 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14 out of the 15 constituencies in Georgetown.

The Coalition’s candidates also managed to secure most of the seats in the municipalities of Lethem, Bartica, Linden and New Amsterdam.

The PPP and APNU+AFC are tied for the township of Mabaruma. However, the PPP is reported to have won the townships of Rose Hall, Corriverton and Anna Regina.

At a press conference on Saturday, the President was asked whether candidates with the backing of major political parties won because of the endorsements.

His response was  “you are quite right” when asked whether the candidates in those areas would have won because of the political endorsements.

“Those persons have a shared vision; those persons share our vision for clean green communities. They share a vision for an integration of the work of central, regional and municipal councils in the achievement of a high quality of governance,” President Granger stated.

Despite this, the President was quick to note that the coalition has never prevented or obstructed individuals from contesting the elections as Independent Candidates.

“Yes I would say that people who share our vision will receive our encouragement,” he stated.

Independent Teams such as Team Benschop For Mayor, Team Legacy, and Youth For Local Government, suffered major blows in the local polls. (Jomo Brushiledon Paul)

  • Emile_Mervin


    At the earliest convenience, share with us the grand tall of votes cast yesterday so we can better appreciate the underwhelming voter turnout. Reports indicate less than 50% turnout, but less than 50% of what exact number of eligible voters? Sorry for the whiners, but congrats to the winners and good luck next time to the losers.

    Now, will the 2020 election be staged on a working day or national holiday? Yesterday showed it made a huge difference.

  • george wiltshire

    Why can’t national elections be held on a statutory date. We should not have to wait for national elections to be held at the whims and fancies of the president.

    • Emile_Mervin

      I have said the same thing repeatedly. Have Parliament establish the General and Regional Elections be held every five years on the first Monday in October and LGE every three years the second Monday in April. The ways things are structured, elections are left to the executive branch. It sucks, but who cares…

  • RLSG

    Guyana continues to languish in the 19th century. Establishing a statutory date for voting every X years should be the order of the day and this continued sense of ‘having to be tied’ to either the coalition or PPP to be elected boggles the mind. It is still state-run politics and control with no room for independent thinkers. The more things change the more they stay the same.