‘Cheddi Jagan would have loved’ regular local government elections
– but Ramotar says current circumstances not conducive
The late president Dr Cheddi Jagan would have “loved” to have regular local government elections and so would the PPP, but current circumstances will have to be overcome before the polls are held, President Donald Ramotar said yesterday.
“Cheddi Jagan would have loved to have the elections periodically and on time. So would I and so would the PPP,” Ramotar said, responding to a question from Stabroek News during a news conference at his official residence State House yesterday. He was asked about the PPP’s failure to hold local government polls for the past 20 years, that being one of the worse departures from the Jagan legacy.
Ramotar indicated that he did not want to repeat what he said before regarding why local government elections were not held since 1994. The question being asked was a bit unfair, he said, while pointing to Stabroek News’ advocacy for such polls and asserting that up to 2010, it was the PNC that asked for the postponement of the elections.