Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Nigel Dharamlall today announced that the government will be extending some constituency boundaries and revert others to the 2016 local district boundaries for the 2023 Local Government Elections.
During a press conference today, the Local Government Minister alleged that many of the boundaries were adjusted for the 2018 Local polls by the APNU+AFC to disenfranchise PPP supporters. He said the move to readjust the boundaries is to ensure greater representation.
“We believe that at the end of Local Government elections on March 13, there is going to be better representation of the people, there is going to be more activism on behalf of residents within these areas and out government will happily work with all seventy NDC’s and ten municipal areas across our country,” the Minister said.
With the new modification and changes to the boundaries, the Minister envisioned that there will now be more Councilors across the country to represent the people.
Coming out of the 2018 Local Government elections, there were 1192 Councilors representing the 596 constituency areas.
In 2023, the Minister explained there will be 1220 councilors and 610 constituency areas.
He said because of the impact the changes will have on residents in some of the constituencies, some consultations took place with residents of affected areas.
“We have had many challenges with some of our municipalities as well as our NDCs and we believe too that with Local Government Elections and with the type of activism that has been taking place at the local level, we are going to see greater determination at the local level and hopefully we are going to see better managed communities.
Dharamlall is adamant that there will be greater participation in the local government process.
“So while many persons were disenfranchised in 2018, you are going to find many persons enfranchised to vote in this local government elections as committed by President Irfaan Ali,” the Minister said.
Local Government Elections were constitutionally due last year in Guyana, but due to changes at the Guyana Elections Commission those elections were postponed.
The Elections are now slated for the 13th March 2023.