Joining APNU/AFC unity govt not an option for defeated PPP

Joining APNU/AFC unity govt not an option for defeated PPP

Thursday, 14 May 2015 17:36 – Written by    – by Zena Henry
Joining APNU/AFC unity govt not an option for defeated PPP

PPP Joining APNU/AFC unity govt? – NO!

Apart from their refusal to accept defeat at the General and Regional Elections 2015, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) does not see joining the A Partnership for National Unity +Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) Coalition in a government of national unity as an option.

President Donald Ramotar when asked about joining the Coalition’s unity train said that, “That has not arisen… that is not an option in front of the party.”

Even before citizens took to the polls on May 11, Coalition Leader David Granger extended invitations to the PPP to join the Coalition in a government of national unity. He had noted however that given the “evidence” of mass corruption under the PPP Administration, investigations would have to be conducted into many of the projects and acts committed by the former administration. He noted that once the members were not too caught up in “court matters or imprisoned” and hand clean hands, then they would be welcomed into the Coalition.

The PPP is adamant however that the 2015 Election was rigged like the others in Guyana’s history under the People’s National Congress (PNC) and only if their request for the recount of votes is fulfilled will they be willing to concede defeat. When asked, Ramotar said that “As long as these things are satisfied, then yes. You don’t want to be in government against the will of the people.”

He noted however, “We are convinced that these elections were rigged and that is why it’s very, very important for us to have a total recount of the ballots.” When told, too, of the Elections Commission’s statement that even if the PPP were to receive more votes after the recount it would not significantly foster change, the former President said that, “I would take what the Chief Elections Officer said with a great pinch of salt.” This he said is because there were words of intimidation and threats made toward the body.

Ramotar noted also that despite international observers declaring the 2015 Elections free and fair, he does not agree with that. He noted that apart from the complaints of the PPP it was the CEO who pointed out significant inaccuracies such as unusual voter turnout in certain areas in the country. They alleged that in some named areas there were more than a 100 percent voter turnout; for example in Mackenzie, Region 10 where 267 voters were registered at a polling station, but some 270 persons actually voted.

The party said too that on May 13, when the CEO refused to release the count for a remainder of 490 boxes, it was because he noticed such inaccuracies.

By mid-morning May 14, the PPP had met with the international community to declare their disagreement with the Elections results and their concerns about cheating and specifically, fake Statement of Polls which they claimed were found by the CEO.

The diplomatic community has reiterated their comfort with the recently held elections and urged all sides to accept the results.

On the local front, the Private Sector Commission welcomed the release of the results of the General and Regional Elections of 2015 by GECOM.

They urged all parties to accept the results.  “We have every reason to believe that the results reflect the will of the people of Guyana.  We urge the leaders to move forward in a spirit of unity, trust and reconciliation as we continue to build our beloved Guyana.”

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  • Linda  On 05/14/2015 at 6:26 pm

    Although the idea of having all parties come together to form a United government sounds wonderful, it would be a BIG MISTAKE to invite the PPP into the fold at this juncture. If they’ve refused to accept defeat do you think they would be willing to work with the new government? They want total control so they can continue the raping of Guyana. This is not a party that has shown any respect for the peoples of Guyana during their 23 years in office. They cannot be trusted and they’re a bunch of vagabonds and thieves.

  • Chris Prashad  On 05/14/2015 at 8:57 pm

    It’s about time these corrupt and incompetent square pegs in round holes be kicked out of office. Enough is enough. The idea of divide and conquer on racial grounds always play into the hands of Lucifer.

    We are all Guyanese who once lived in harmony showing respect for each other regardless of skin colour or texture of the hair.until those with ulterior motives pitted the two major races against each other and destroyed a once prosperous future for our people. Now that both major racial groups had their chance to prove their competence and patriotism but failed miserably to re-unite this nation, it is my greatest expectation (and of like minded individuals) that the new coalition Government will avoid all the mistakes of past eras, hit the reset button and make a fresh progressive effort to prove that they are worthy leaders of the people, and for the people, and not for selfish material gains through corrupt practices at the expense of the people whose support placed you on an envious pedestal.

    If you have not learnt from the mistakes of the past regimes and you follow the same corrupt ideas then our nation’s motto: “One People, One Nation, One Destiny” becomes meaningless.

    Congratulations Mr. Granger! May the Supreme Creator of us all in His Image and Likeness bless you with the wisdom to lead Guyana according to His Will and bring us back to the prosperity we once knew . Failure to acknowledge His Power, and to seek His wisdom in your decision making, will surely lead you into the hands of Satan and all your plans will surely fail and our beautiful land will be destroyed.

  • Restorer  On 05/14/2015 at 9:18 pm

    If you put new wine in old wineskins it would burst. Patriotic Guyanese including and especially civil society put our shoulders to the wheel and work to rebuild our beautiful country. I know polling staff who feel insulted by the declarations of collusion by the PPPC. They said they worked hard and professionally for this election.

  • sirenagx  On 05/15/2015 at 1:14 pm

    This may sound like heresy, but the foreign observers just waNT TO GET this election over, partly to see a more multiracial government that is acceptable to the population and with having some problems with the government atitudes to them at times. Regardless of parties, the appearance of fake SOPs need to be investigatied as to how many and who were involved for future acgtions. Most likely, if this affected the coalition, they too would have raised questions without being called sore losers. Investigations should be done quickly and the PPP must start preparing to turn over the government without delay once the issue is over. The co-leaders may act as a watchful eye over each other and if they pick the best people for top jobs, can indeed cha ge the situation for the better. I can on,ly hoope based on the coalition track record to date. The PPP have only themselves to blame for the mess they made of thier opportunity to govern.

  • Thinker  On 05/16/2015 at 6:09 am

    Definitely, the question of fake SOPs must be investigated. The PNC has a history of forging elections, even internally. Coalition history must not be allowed to repeat itself. Openess in all aspects of public life must be the order of the day and the press must not be shackled in any way. Wipe out corruption in the police. Army and Civil Service appointments based on merit. Same for scholarships to UG and tertiary institutions abroad.

  • Linda  On 05/16/2015 at 9:29 am

    Thinker….you must have forgotten to tell these same misgivings to the PPP during the previous election. Just accept that there’s been a change in the way Guyanese think now and the people have spoken. Now let’s move on please.

  • Thinker  On 05/16/2015 at 11:05 am

    The PPP failed to guarantee equal access on the airwaves. In moving on wem must not repeat the mistakes of the past. Let all be vigilant.

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