The People’s Progressive Party picked up wins in five towns and several Neighbourhood Democratic Councils at Monday’s Local Government Elections.
The party has described the victories as “massive” although it admits that the low voter turnout was national.
PPP General Secretary, Bharrat Jagdeo, today said his party intends to keep the promises that it made on the local government campaign trail.
“We intend in the People’s Progressive Party to work very hard to ensure that in the areas where we are in charge, those Councils that we won, we will keep our promises that we made to all of Guyana. We will not increase their rates and taxes for the next three years, we will ensure that every quarter, those Councils made public their financial status…And we will try to involve people as far as possible in the work of the Council”.
He said the party intends to consult with residents in the various communities, especially the youths about the work that the Councils will have to undertake.
Mr. Jagdeo said he believes the PPP performed exceptionally well in the elections and is likely to double the difference in total votes between itself and the combined APNU and AFC.
Back in 2016, the PPP won the overall popular vote by more than 20,000.
Jagdeo said he believes this time around that margin might be much higher, reaching more than 40,000 votes based on the party’s preliminary findings.
According to the PPP General Secretary, his party has also made in-roads in APNU areas and that should not be discounted.
He focused on Georgetown and said the PPP has been able to make inroads into the municipality, winning three Constituency seats this time around. Two years ago, the party did not win a single constituency seat in Georgetown.
The party has also picked up four proportional representation seats in the city.