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Guyana’s Local Government Elections Set For Next March

Guyana's Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Nigel Dharamlall stresses a point in the House of Assembly, recently. Photo credit: GDPI.

Guyana’s Local Government Elections Set For Next March

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (Thursday, October 20, 2022) — Local Government Elections (LGE) will be held on March 13, next year, the government has announced.

Guyanese will head to the polls to elect leaders for 10 townships and approximately 70 Neighborhood Democratic Councils (NDC).

On Thursday, Dharamlall wrote to Justice (Retd) Claudette Singh, Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), appointing the date, based on the work plan submitted by GECOM.

“Please be informed that pursuant to Section 35 (1) of the Local Authorities (Elections) Act, Chapter 28:03, I appoint March 13, 2023, as the day, on which elections of Councillors for Local Authorities shall be held,” Dharamlall wrote to Justice Singh.

Accordingly, an Order, under Section 35, shall be published in the Gazette appointing the date.

March 13th is therefore an important date, and I call upon all Guyanese to work in renewing our effort at building the governance system, building our communities, strengthening our communities, but importantly, our municipalities and our townships,” President Dr. Irfaan Ali said, on Thursday evening, during an interview on the sidelines of a celebration at State House to usher in Diwali.

Acknowledging that the holding of Local Government Elections (LGE) is an important pillar in its democratic political system, the government has allocated $2.9 Billion to GECOM for preparatory works to ensure the successful planning and execution of the LGE.

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