Last Updated on Friday, 18 March 2016, 12:08 by Denis Chabrol
Guyana’s Head of State David Granger was the first person to cast his ballot in a historic Local Goverment Elections (LGE) on Friday.
The President along with First Lady Sandra Granger voted at Enterprise Primary School in Durban Backlands.
Speaking to the media shortly after his ballot was cast, the President said that he believes the energy around LGE is “electric” and people will turn out to cast their ballots.
The President was particularly happy that his administration has been able “to deliver to the Guyanese people something that they craved for the last 19 years.”
He said that he was confident that the APNU+AFC coalition would be able to secure a victory in these polls.
“APNU+AFC is the coalition that brought township to those communities…I have campaigned in all three and I think they are happy it was the coalition that brought township to all of them and I believe the coalition will have a decisive victory in all three of them,” he stated.
Holding of the local polls was one of the major campaign promises by the Granger-led coalition of A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change.
The Guyanese leader, who now resides at State House, Main Street, cast his ballot at the Enterprise School, D’urban Backlands, Georgetown. However, Granger said State House is not his permanent residence.
Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who resides at Goedverwagting, East Coast Demerara, is registered to vote at St. John’s College, Waterloo Street, Georgetown as his address is still State House.
The Guyana Elections Commission says more than 500,000 persons are eligible to cast ballots for representatives in the 72 town and neighbourhood councils . These include three new towns- Lethem, Bartica and Mabaruma.