At least one Candidate in the upcoming Local Government Elections is not convinced that the participation of the larger political parties pose a disadvantage to the smaller contesting groups and individuals.
The APNU+AFC’s Sherod Duncan who is running for the council seat in Constituency #14 trashed the argument of some of the other candidates during a radio interview on Monday.
“Stop complaining and move to action,” Duncan urged.
He said he sees no reason why the bigger parties, including the APNU+AFC Coalition and the People’s Progressive Party, should back out of the local elections.
Duncan used the circumstances of his own situation to make his point, explaining that while he supports the APNU+AFC and is their candidate, he has been on the ground, in his community, doing individual work over the last few months. He believes that when voters go to the polls on March 18, Candidates will be elected on the sheer merit of the work they have done.
“If there are people committed to moving the constituency forward, it shouldn’t matter which party they come from. The same law that grant you right to contest, it is the same law that protects my right to belong to a party,” he lamented.
Duncan believes all Candidates are going into the elections with the same yardstick, regardless of which party or group they represent. “I have never been featured in the Chronicle [state owned newspaper] and I see groups and individuals being featured weekly,” he said lightheartedly as he insisted that there wasn’t any advantage for him as a candidate of the governing coalition.
Duncan said he, like other independent Candidates, have found ways to raise funds for their own campaign. He used his appearance on the show to also encourage eligible voters to come out and cast their ballots. “I have seen a marked difference since APNU+AFC came to office. Let’s advance that at the local level. Come out and keep a good thing going,” he urged.
Mr. Duncan at the weekend participated in the ‘Georgetown Debate’ along with other Candidates where plans and projections for the city were revealed.