Political analyst, Dr Winford James, is predicting that this year will see a higher than normal turnout for the local government elections.
According to Dr James, voter participation in the last local government election was at roughly 34 percent. He notes, though, that having two major elections so close together will impact voter participation. He says people also will be going to the polls because of how they feel about the Rowley administration, as well as any momentum which the UNC can generate for itself.
Local political parties say they are ready for Local Government Elections (LGE) 2019, which are scheduled to take place on Monday December 2nd.
On Friday, during the Opposition Leader’s response to the 2020 Budget Presentation, the Prime Minister’s Office released a brief statement confirming the date for the local government elections.
"Soon," was Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley's response to reporters yesterday when they asked him when the date for Local Government elections will be announced.
Rowley the reply at a media conference about his recent trip to the United States. Local Government polls are constitutionally due between November and early February. PNM officials have projected that the election will be held later this year since Carnival 2020 takes place early next year.
Expect an ‘election’ Budget when Minister of Finance Colm Imbert delivers the 2020 Budget on Monday, October 7, so said the experts as well as the Opposition.
The projections came yesterday after Imbert announced the budget’s delivery date during a brief statement in Parliament yesterday.
The National Union of Government & Federated Workers's (NUGFW's) National Executive Council elections will be held on October 28th, when they are constitutionally due.
The election was scheduled to take place today but President General James Lambert said it didn’t take place because the opposing side, Team Shield, served him with a pre-action protocol letter stating that the election was unconstitutionally brought forward.
Lambert said that was incorrect and that his team, Team Faithful, followed all protocols before advancing the date.
Back to the polls.
This in essence was the effect of the Caribbean Court of Justice ruling on Tuesday which held that passage of a no-confidence motion filed by the Opposition against the ruling party was valid.
Guyana’s Government and Opposition have been asked to come together to decide on the way forward for the country following the CCJ’s decision.
The Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) says it will contest all 114 electoral districts in the upcoming Local Government Elections and 41 constituencies in next year’s General Election as it seeks to overthrow the People’s National Movement (PNM).
Nominations for candidates will take place at the party’s headquarters from July 1 to 31 between 9 am and 4 pm. Forms are available at the headquarters and online. Candidates will be screened following nomination.