Guyana Elections: Voters list is “dirty”- Granger

Voters list is “dirty”- Granger

Monday, 23 March 2015 06:41 – Written by   – Demerara Waves

Voters list is "dirty"- Granger

Addressing supporters of the coalition A Partnership for National Unity+ Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) at a fund-raising event in South Ozone Park, Queens, New York, he urged them to be vigilant.

“Do not take things for granted. Do not be complacent. The list has suddenly gone up by a hundred thousand to 567 thousand. Keep your eyes open. We do not believe in that. How in three years in a country in which the population is falling the voters list has gone up by a hundred thousand,?’ he told more than 300 persons at the fund-raising meeting held at Naresa’s Place.  

If the coalition is voted into office on May 11, 2015 it plans to overhaul the voters list. “We are better together because APNU and AFC will sit down and decide that we are going to work towards having a clean list. That’ a dirty list and we are going to clean elections for not only this year but years to come,”  he said.

GECOM Chairman, Dr. Steve Surujbally is already on record as saying that the seven-member elections management body has been exploring other ways of removing the names of deceased persons. On the other hand, he has previously attributed the increased number of registrants to greater public education and improved access to birth certificates.

Granger expressed confidence that APNU+AFC would be victorious at the upcoming polls because back in 2011, the parties together won 175,000 votes and the incumbent People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) 166,000 votes. “Even if we perform at the same level as 2011, we will win,” said Granger.

Chairman of the AFC’s New York/New Jersey Chapter, Dr. Rohan Somar called on attendees to embark on a massive telephone campaign to their friends and relatives in Guyana to urge them to vote for the coalition. “Each and everyone of you let’s commit to a cause- members of the Diaspora to have phone calls from the Diaspora to our friends in Guyana,” he said.

The opposition coalition hopes to establish a government of national unity, transparency and accountability.

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Comments

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 03/23/2015 at 11:45 am

    Winning by any means possible??? Guyana already has a history of electoral fraud.

  • guyaneseonline  On 03/23/2015 at 12:25 pm

    From Patrick Barker
    March 23,2015
    To the Editor
    Last year I visited Guyana and as usual I went shopping on Regent street, to fulfil my curiosity, and I noticed that the shop sales person had a different accent from that of a Guyanese.
    I enquired as to where he is from and he said that he was from Bangladesh. What are you doing here I said? His reply was that he came to work. I never knew that Guyana is such a developed economy that is was now employing others from differing countries. The clerk went to say, upon my friendly questioning, that there are many others who came and are living in Guyana.
    That is when the new birth certificate I received became significant. It was a printed, in green, and was a non-descript paper copy. At least the one the British gave us was much more impressive.
    The new birth certificate could easily be forged and altered. It was written in ink by someone whose penmanship was primary school impressive.
    Upon my return home I told my Guyanese group about the clerk and the new birth certificate. I informed them that the current government could manipulate the new certificate. I never made an issue of the new certificate and the clerk, until I heard Granger saying about the increase in the voters list. Currently I am not surprised.

    If one sales clerk could inform that there are many others from his country living and working in Guyana, how could the political opposition, who are living in Guyana did not see the issue with a non-descript Birth certificate that could be reproduced by a copy machine.
    The current government operatives are not concerned about the well-being of Guyana, they are more interested in prolonging their political carrier and monetary gains.
    Those of whom that currently have a new birth certificate run it through an expensive copy machine and then try to tell the difference from the original.
    There are many Guyanese trying to obtain jobs without success, many are dependent on family and friends who live abroad, yet this current and recent government, are embarked on a fleeting political expedition that will lead to distrust and violence.
    Mr. Granger asked a pointed question, as to how can Guyana with a population of less than 750,000 people increase its voters list by more than one hundred thousand? That is about 13.4% increase
    and that does not take into consideration that people are leaving Guyana by the thousands per month.
    A misstatement of the fact is a misstatement, a deliberate misstatement of the fact from a government, is a blatant lie and leads to violence.

  • albert  On 03/27/2015 at 7:35 pm

    Patrick Barker?? Good heavens. Wonder if you are the person I knew from years back, I think from Queens College. If you are mail me a line at sf6724@aol.com.

    On the letter above the questions that come to mind: what are the legal requirements for Guyanese citizenship and just maybe the right to vote? Does anyone know. Those colonial laws are usually vague on these subjects.

    Did the Jagdeo/Ramoutar government had the legal authority to amend the requirement.

    If they did have the authority then what could have stop them from “legally” manipulating the voting population.

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