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Chief Citizen Hamilton Green has endorsed the USAID democracy project which was recently turned down by the governing Administration. The Mayor has registered the Council’s support for the society- targeted initiative.He charged that the denial of this democratic development “is a diabolical plan to keep a portion of the population in darkness.”The Mayor is adamant that the USAID project would be especially beneficial in enlightening the public about Local Government. The Mayor strongly believes, also, that given the time elapsed since local polls were held, there is a large portion of the population unaware of the Local Government process and purpose and would have never taken part in local polls.The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project was abandoned earlier in the year as government found difficulty with the agreement document. Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon,Cheap NFL Jerseys, had informed during a post-Cabinet media briefing that the project proposal presented to Guyana did not reflect bilateral input of the Government of Guyana and USAID, and on that basis considerable reservations were expressed by the administration.He said during his end of year press conference on Tuesday that “we welcome the democracy project initiated by USAID. On behalf of City Councilors and myself,China Adidas Hockey Jerseys, we endorse the USAID project.”Mayor Green expressed disgust that there are efforts to derail the democracy project. We see it in these terms; that the last Municipal Elections were held in 1994; it means that a substantial percentage of the population never had the opportunity to vote or to take part in the important component of governance and democracy at a Local Government level.”“The Local Government system is vital,” he continued. “It is the engine that propels the democratic process. And this project as understood is intended to educate the young people and sensitize them as to the role they can play in governance, management and improvement of their respective communities; it is therefore unpalatable and unacceptable that any group should oppose such a project.”Mayor Green continued that apart from the crime of denying young people the opportunity to come into the important aspect of Local Governance, he (Mayor), like some others, recognizes that “it is a diabolical plan to keep a portion of the population in darkness. The democracy project is intended to help people to understand the role they play and the power they have in their communities-to see what is happening; and ignorance is man’s worst enemy.”He added that before the month is out, Region 11, through a proposal, has offered and decided “to write to the Carter Centre and to President Jimmy Carter to ask him to return to Guyana so that he can see the monster he helped to create.“I will ask him to do what he can to ensure that what we heard in 1992 about a democracy is indeed a reality,Cheap Jerseys, because what is happening today is the exact opposite of democratic governance.”In the run up to the 1992 elections,NFL Jerseys Outlet, the ruling People’s Progressive Party- government lobbied several international fora stating that there was no democracy in the government and even charged that Guyana was apartheid since, it claimed, a minority was ruling the majority.Carter encouraged that the electoral system be changed; that we count at the place of poll and revamp the elections commission.He said that the Council will continue to stand firm in the face of impositions and other Council-excluded decisions.The Mayor reiterated the importance of Local Government to the democracy process,NFL Jerseys Wholesale, while stressing for the establishment of the Local Government Commission.The Mayor wished further for “our illustrious National Leaders, who are all Honourable, to accept the need for significant change if 2014 is to be a good and safe year.”He called for a change in parliamentary actions; “that concept of a majority be understood and the now silent majority break their silence.The Mayor is hoping also that this year, there will an end to what he said is the wanton destruction of hinterland and urban environment, “and that we put a premium on competency, qualification,Wholesale NBA Jerseys China, decency and suspend all forms of corruption and nepotism.”
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