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PNCR deplores deliberate damage to local democratic system
People‟s National Congress Reform Leader Brigadier David Granger has told party members that the entire system of local democracy was being deliberately damaged by the current actions of the People‟s Progressive Party Civic administration. Granger, speaking at Anna Regina in the Pomeroon-Supenaam Region, alluded to the fact that Ganga Persaud, Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, had been systematically dismantling neighbourhood democratic councils. He was busily installing unrepresentative, hand-picked, PPPC interim management committees against the wishes of local residents. He said that, clearly, the PPPC was on a campaign to starve certain municipalities of the resources they needed and to neutralise local government entities. To do so, the administration was discrediting existing councilors with bogus „investigations,‟ inventing pretexts to remove the remaining elected officials and to replace them with PPPC placemen. Granger, repeating the adage that “all politics is local,” called on PNCR members to remain organised and mobilised. He advised them to aim at securing sufficient grassroots support in forthcoming municipal and local elections to ensure that they could control the councils and that their concerns would be addressed. Granger reminded members that the PNCR was a Guyanese national party. It was not an Amerindian party, an African party or an Indian party. It was working towards establishing a true government of national unity which, he said, must be reflected at the municipal and local levels. The PNCR leader said that the party believed in “inclusionary democracy.” This also involved improving citizen‟s access to public services - such as education, health, housing and social services - and intensifying the Party‟s relationship with labour and civil society. Brigadier Granger, earlier in his visit, interacted with vendors during a „walkabout‟ in the Supenaam Market. The PNCR leader was accompanied by Regional Chairman Joseph Hill, Regional Secretary Doreen Duncan and other officials.