National Green Party (NGP) Candidate for Castries Central in the July 26, 2021 general elections, Aaron Alexander, has expressed dismay over the selection of a new Mayor of Castries, asserting that an individual should be elected to the post.
He spoke days after Geraldine Lendor-Gabriel was announced as the successor to outgoing Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis.
“I watched in dismay as the old legacy of selection, rather than election of a Mayor continued. Maybe I am a dreamer, but there are many people I am sure (who) agree that we need to stop this behaviour. All Mayors must run for office,” Alexander stated.
According to the NGP candidate, the ‘handpicking’ of people to put in such positions only encourages corruption.
He expressed the opinion that the electors in the entire Castries basin would have loved to be given the opportunity to be the ones to elect their Mayor.
Alexander also asserted that the people of Gros Islet and other towns should elect their Mayors.
He declared that no politician should have the power to handpick a Mayor or a Police Commissioner.
“I pray to live to see the day when the institution of local government elections can and will be implemented to prepare our future young leaders for their participation in general elections on the national stage,” he stated.
“We the people voted for change. Can we have that change please?” Alexander declared.