Irfaan Ali promises to slash electricity rates, remove 200 taxes


Presidential Candidate of the People’s Progressive Party Irfaan Ali says if he is elected to office, his administration will be able to end the “tremendous hardships” being faced by Guyanese over the past four years.

“We’re seeing that all the important sectors of our country, forestry, bauxite, rice, agriculture, on the whole, the mining sector are all on decline,” the former Housing Minister said.

Ali, during his address to supporters at a public meeting at Enmore on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) on Friday last made a number of promises but chief among those was the reduction of electricity charges.

“Your next PPP/Government would not only create 50,000 new jobs but we are going to work to improve the conditions of living for every single Guyanese, we are going to reduce the cost of electricity, we are going to improve primary health care…” he said to persons attending the public meeting held at Robert Square in observance of Enmore Martyrs Day.

Ali’s promise to reduce electricity came at a time when the Guyana Power and Light Inc. is making the headlines as it is struggling to provide reliable electricity for citizens.

“We are not only going to remove the more than 200 burdensome taxes but we are going to look at areas to produce new opportunities for growth,” he added.

The Former Housing Minister was selected by his party in January to lead them to victory at the next General Elections.

Among the promises he made to supporters is to provide over 50,000 jobs with revenues from the emerging oil and gas sector and the reopening of four sugar estates closed by the Government in the past three years.

On Friday, Ali confidently said, “the People’s Progressive Party very shortly will be returned to office.”

“When we are returned to office we will show this Government what is meant by governing for all the people in the interest of all the people,” he noted.

Ali said the PPP speaks in the interest of every single Guyanese “regardless of where you’re from, regardless of how you look, regardless of if you support the APNU or AFC.”

Ali said the PPP/C is working on a strategy that will return hope to all Guyanese, one which assures decent living conditions.

The party’s leader, Bharrat Jagdeo recently told reporters that the PPP has crafted its manifesto which it will launch following Tuesday’s ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice on cases relating to the December 21st No-Confidence Motion against the Government.

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