Daily Archives: 04/02/2012

Back to where we were before the polls – letter to Editor

Four months after the election we are back to where we were before the polls – letter to Editor

April 1, 2012 |by KNEWS | LETTERS

Dear Editor,
For any society to advance it has to settle a fundamental question—Who Governs? Such a settlement is even more urgent in countries, such as Guyana, which are deeply polarized along ethno-racial and political lines. From the time of the split of the nationalist movement in 1955, this question has haunted Guyana.

The failure to adequately address and settle it has invariably let to frequent bouts of ethnic conflict. Yet successive generations of political leaders have either ignored the question or sought to answer it within a political and constitutional framework that is premised on majoritarianism, domination and inequality.

This reluctance on the part of the political parties and Civil Society organizations to commit to a political solution that settles the question of who governs is perhaps the most frustrating aspect of Guyanese politics. Guyana’s political history these past five decades is littered with opportunities for a political settlement of the question of governance. However, despite periodic and sometimes opportunistic declarations, these parties and groups eventually find ways to accommodate to the status quo, which they all decry, especially when they are in the opposition or at election time.   Continue reading

Elections Assistance Bureau Elections Reports

The Electoral Assistance Bureau (EAB) of Guyana is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit organisation of ordinary citizens who are committed to promoting democracy in Guyana. The EAB is comprised of citizen volunteers from all ethnic, economic and adult age groups within Guyana. Since our establishment in 1991 we have focused on the monitoring of elections and have been accredited by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) as a Local Observer Mission for every elections since 1991. In this regard, EAB has an extensive national observer network. We have fielded several hundred observers in all the Regions of Guyana for all national and regional elections since 1992.

Guyana is located on the Northeastern coast of South America bordered by Venezuela, Suriname, Brazil and the North Atlantic Ocean. Originally a Dutch Colony in 18th century, it came into British possession in 1815, and achieved independence in 1966. Guyana is a multi-ethnic country with a population of approximately seven hundred and seventy thousand people.  (more info on the EAB Website http://www.eab.org.gy/index.html)

News update

30 Mar 2012 Reports are now available see them below:-

Reports from the Elections Assistance Bureau:

— Post #1252

EAB final report urges more oversight on campaign spending

November 28th Elections….EAB final report urges more oversight on campaign spending

MARCH 28, 2012 | BY KNEWS

-cites unfair media access by incumbent party

Watchdog body, EAB, has called for more oversight in the use of state resources by the incumbent party during elections

 The Electoral Assistance Bureau (EAB) has recommended that the legislation on political campaigning should address the misuse of state resources by the incumbent…a persistent problem which is being raised by opposition parties.
According to the watchdog EAB, the legislation should elaborate a full set of specific ways in which state resources cannot be used during elections campaign periods. Further, a series of penalties for violation of any of these prescriptions should be introduced.   Continue reading

Amerindians faced disadvantages in general election – EAB

Amerindians faced disadvantages in general election – Elections Assistance Bureau Report

(Demerara Waves) – April 1, 2012

Amerindians encountered difficulties before and during last year’s general election, resulting in low voter-turnout, a large number of rejected ballots in at least three hinterland regions, according to the Electoral Assistance Bureau (EAB).

The EAB- one the local entities that was accredited by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM)- found that Indigenous peoples were also fooled on the campaign trail in the run-up to the November 28 general and regional elections.

At the very basic level, the observer mission found that folding ballots was a major problem in Indigenous communities. “There were a considerable number of voters who did not fully comprehend how to fold their ballots. This problem was prevalent in indigenous communities and among the elderly,” said the EAB in its recently released report. Continue reading

Electoral Assistance Bureau Report – 2011 Elections – commentary

EAB report – 2011 Elections – Commentary

By Stabroek News  – April 1, 2012 Editorial

The EAB has spoken.  Not, one fears, that this might have much impact on our two main political parties, both of whom are long on mistrust and short on reason.  For those who operate in an altogether less conspiratorial context, however, the report of the Electoral Assistance Bureau on the November 28, 2011 elections is a very welcome intervention. If one has a regret, it is that the report did not come sooner, before the major parties gave public expression to their fantasies about the outcome of the poll.

The findings of the EAB cannot be easily dismissed. The organization has a commendable track record going back to the 1992 elections, and of all the observers has unparalleled experience of the elections processes, parties and conditions here. According to its website, in addition to its observer activities, it undertook a detailed assessment of the Statements of Poll (SoPs), which necessitated gaining access to the collections held by Gecom, the PPP/C, APNU and the AFC. Both the Guyana Elections Commission and the political parties co-operated with the bureau in this regard.    Continue reading

White People, You Will Never Look Suspicious – by Michael Skolnik

17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a Neighborhood Watch captain inside his own gated Sanford, Florida community where he was living with his father, stepmother and little brother. Here is an article by Michael Skolnik on this matter:-


White People, You Will Never Look Suspicious Like Trayvon Martin! by Michael Skolnik

I will never look suspicious to you. Even if I have a black hoodie, a pair of jeans and white sneakers on…in fact, that is what I wore yesterday…I still will never look suspicious. No matter how much the hoodie covers my face or how baggie my jeans are, I will never look out of place to you.  I will never watch a taxi cab pass me by to pick someone else up. I will never witness someone clutch their purse tightly against their body as they walk by me.  I won’t have to worry about a police car following me for two miles, so they can “run my plates.”  I will never have to pay before I eat. And I certainly will never get “stopped and frisked.”  I will never look suspicious to you, because of one thing and one thing only.  The color of my skin.  I am white.
— Post #1248
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