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THE VOICE OF THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS…By Sase Singh  INTRODUCTIONCongratulations are in order for Minister Ronald Bulkan and his team for making the 2016 Local Government Elections (LGE 2016) a reality. No doubt, these results represent a stronger than expected “off year” showing for the PPP.  We cannot spin the fact that the PPP dominated the winnings in the rural areas; while as expected the PNC dominated the winnings in the urban areas.I will come to why I used PNC rather Coalition later. If there is anything these elections would have done for the PNC, their hands are now firmly strengthened in the Coalition government.THE BIG PICTURESome 239,017 voters exercised their franchise (47 percent of the potential voting population).  This was not a surprise when compared to the 1994 results. Some 50 percent of those valid votes were cast for the PPP (118,297 votes). This was a noteworthy performance since they earned some 11,741 votes more than the governing party.  The governing party got some 45 percent of the votes cast.There are many lessons to learn from these results.  These elections proved that you couldn’t win new votes by only issuing press releases from air-conditioned offices or from the back seats of luxurious state vehicles (the “Prados”). The “face to face” contact with the people is still an essential ingredient.The governing coalition suffered in rural Guyana because over the last 10 months, their relationship with the agricultural belt was not the best. The Ministry of Agriculture is one of the most important political ministries. The Guyanese people are not politically stupid; they saw the game from a mile away.Many in rural Guyana took political decisions at the micro-level because of the state of this relationship.  The consequences were catastrophic for the governing party across rural Guyana.The Independent Groups (IG) did not do so well; overall they received fewer than five percent of the total valid votes cast, mainly because there was a trust deficit when it came to third parties. Some political commentators told me this has much to do with how people see the AFC today but it is too early for me to conclude on this matter.However, there were several instances where IGs did very well.  The most successful case was the “the 8th of May Movement” which won the NDC elections in the BV/Triumph area on the East Coast of Demerara.Then there was the “Community for Change and Development” which won seven seats on the East Bank of Demerara in an area stretching from Craig to Caledonia. There was also the “Kwakwani United for Progress” in that Upper Berbice mining community that also did creditably. The most important phenomenon for me in these elections was the performances of two individual farmers from Golden Fleece and El Dorado villages, West Berbice, who challenged the political establishment and won.There are 71 Local Authority Areas (LAA). The PPP won 48 LAAs (68 percent) of the available communities outright.  When we look at the seats won, there was a very instructional message. The PPP won some 740 seats vs. the governing party 382. The governing party, on the other hand, won outright in some 14 communities (20 percent), which were mainly urban areas.  Most of the remaining areas were tied with respect to seat allocations.In the geographic area from Charity to Patentia (Essequibo Coast and West Demerara) there were some 15,000 more valid votes cast compared to Georgetown.  However, the governing party only won the majority of seats in only one of those LAAs on the west side. From my visits to the west side,Stitched NFL Jerseys, the two issues that kept reverberating from the voices of the people were how the rice and sugar industries were being coordinated by central government over the last 10 months.The rice and the sugar industry are two of the main foreign currency earners and major employers across coastal Guyana and to not have the senior officials of the Ministry of Agriculture performing at the required level to meet the needs of the farmers and the sugar workers is nothing but political “Hari-Kiri” in the rural areas.This consistent under-performance in the Ministry of Agriculture at the highest levels on matters of public policies and timely political actions, only serves to political undermine the Granger administration. If there is any advice these LGE 2016 offer, it is that there ought to be urgent policy and personnel changes at the highest levels in the agriculture sector if this political meltdown in rural Guyana is to be stemmed.Many government supporters are denying the fact that the PPP control more LAAs in Region Four than the governing party. Nevertheless, the fact remains that the PPP won 11 LAAs vs. four for the governing party in Region Four.Outside of Georgetown,Cheap Jerseys Free, the PPP got more votes than the governing party in Region Four.  But the good news for the governing party is their excellent performance in Georgetown.  The citizens of Georgetown voted with glee to reject the PPP and quite correctly so. The citizens had to wait some 19 years to dish out these blows to the PPP for deliberately keeping the City stink as they played petty politics with City Hall. Even in places like Kitty, where the PPP usually does well, it got licks like peas. What happened in Georgetown is a message for all politicians, serve the people not yourself and your family or else we shall get you one day.As we moved to the Corentyne,Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale, it was a totally different message.  It was as if that part of Guyana knew no other symbol but the CUP.  Across the Corentyne, the PPP won 15 LAAs vs. 2 for the governing party. The PPP ran away with more than two and a half times the votes earned by the governing party on the Corentyne.  The margin of victory in favour of the PPP on the Corentyne was some 16,cheap jerseys from china,795 votes, which was more than what the governing party earned collectively in Bartica, Lethem and Linden.  These Corentyne results confirmed that the AFC, WPA and all the other small parties are on political life support and may have been politically dead if it was not for the “saline” of being part of the government. CONCLUSIONThese LGE 2016 have now confirmed that the PPP and PNC have re-established themselves as the only mannequins in the Guyanese political showroom. All other political forces have been shunted to the background as window dressing.  The message is clear; the people want national unity and they want this dialogue to happen directly between the PPP and the PNC.  Will their leadership listen?Finally – thank you, President Granger, for holding these Local Government Elections. Regardless of which side feels that it has won,Wholesale Authentic Jerseys, our people were finally able to speak at the local level.  For that exclusive reason, the people have won.
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