– body protects constitutional rights of citizens – PresidentBy Shemuel FanfairPresident David Granger said the appointment of the Local Government Commission will see protection of the constitutional rights of citizensAfter years of delay, the appointees to the Local Government Commission (LGC) were on Monday sworn in at State House by President David Granger, who reiterated that the move reflects his Administration’s commitment to good governance. However, the operationalisation of the body comes 19 months after the historic return of Local Government Elections in Guyana, and it ends a lengthy back and forth between Government and the Opposition over the non-functionality of the constitutional organ.The Commission’s members are Mortimer Mingo, Clement Corlette, Marlon Williams, Jo Ann Romascindo, Andrew Garnett, former Local Government Ministers Norman Whittaker and Clinton Collymore, and former Georgetown Town Clerk, Carol Sooba. In his short address, President David Granger offered congratulatory remarks to the Commissioners, urging them to execute their functions with integrity. He nevertheless noted that the appointment of the LGC will resolve disputes that may arise at the local government level, and added that this Commission falls in line with Government’s commitment to establish other constitutional bodies, including the Office of the Ombudsman, the Judicial Services Commission and the recently appointed Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).Former Town Clerk of Georgetown, Carol Sooba was sworn in as one of the LGC CommissionersThe Head of State pointed out that the rights of all citizens will be respected.“I pledge to ensure that the institutions mandated by our Constitution will continue to be honoured,” the President expressed.He encouraged Commissioners to uphold their mandate which would promote confidence in the local government system.Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan told reporters that the LGC will commence its work after members select a Chairman. The Commission would, among other things, have control over who gets appointed as officials in the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NSCs) and other local authorities.In addition, it would have to approve budgets for the NDCs. By law, the commission is to be made up of eight members. These members include four nominated from the Government, one from the unions and three nominees from the Leader of the Opposition.The parliamentary Opposition had named its nominees to the Local Government Commission since last year. However, it was reported that the Government did not submit its nominations which resulted in deadlock. One of the first public deadlines that Communities Minister Bulkan gave for the body to become functional was at a press conference during the time of the March 2016 Local Government Elections. When asked, during the latter part of the month for an explanation, the Minister had moved the deadline to the end of June 2016.In the Budget estimates for 2016, some $30 million was allocated by the Government to the non-functioning Commission. When asked, Bulkan had stated that this was to allow the Commission to operate independently to Central Government.
A well-known Ballybofey voluntary worker has declared his intention to run in the local elections in May. Alan McMenamin said he was approached in November 2013.“Having given it much consideration I want to officially confirm Today that I WILL be standing as an Independent for the Stranorlar Electoral Area for the Local Elections in May of this Year,” he revealed. He said having consulted widely with people in all parts of the electoral area to see if there was a desire to support a “REAL INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE.”“I believe that the time is right to adopt new politics that is “solution focused” and getting the best deal with and for the local area.“I’m tired of hearing all the bravado from some who say they will ‘be a strong voice for the people, or they will stand up for the people, or their party are the only party to do x, y or z when the reality is the people on the ground don’t see this and only see politicians bleating for themselves.“It’s about time we elected someone who will draw on the strengths of the community and business sector to develop local solutions to local problems and that person is me” He said he couldn’t “continue to sit back and watch the area suffer further hence I want to do something about it and not merely complain like others.”“We have good people and the people deserve better from our local government.“I hope people remember which party’s started this nations spectacular economic crash, who has compounded it and who has done little to truly implement the democratic votes & more importantly the wishes of the people.“This elections campaign is not just about policy issues, it’s about the people being involved in decision that impact on their lives, having a proper input on how we as a county manage our budgets and find solution for local problems. This is about “Putting People First” , putting people at the heart of policy and the heart of Local Government.”Alan has been involved in a paid and voluntary capacity within the region for over 20years. He has direct experience of working with community groups and securing significant funding for them and developing various initiatives. He has worked for a Local Authority so knows the working internally.Alan has been heavily involved down through the years in sporting clubs, community groups, national organisations and has participated in National Consultations and Conferences.He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that is crucial to the position and believes that this election should be about the Right People for the job.BALLYBOFEY MAN DECLARES FOR LOCAL ELECTIONS was last modified: January 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)