Guyana Politics: As Election draws near—Facts that the political analysts need to share – By Yvonne Sam

No political analyst is talking about the growing mixed population… who are all mixed up as they search for responsible leadership and good governance.

    By Yvonne Sam

While certain sectors of the populace have become overly concerned about the influx of Haitians, and the possibility of their very presence being the pendulum that swings votes in favour of a certain party, (similar to that of the Russians and Donald Trump) serious consideration should be given to the country’s current ethnic distribution and their likely contribution, which may seriously affect the outcome of the forthcoming election.

A major analysis of the Guyanese population in 2012 https://guyaneseonline.net/2016/07/19/guyana-census-2012-highlights-decline-in-main-ethnic-populations/ showed that the East Indians the largest ethnic group comprised 39.8%, a fall of 3.65 from 43.4% (2002).  They are followed by persons of African heritage 29.2% down from 30.2 %.       

Third in rank are those of mixed heritage 19.9% up from 16.7% in 2002. This group continued to be a significantly growing group over the past three decades, a similarity of trend noted for the Amerindian group which at present comprising 10.5% of the population.

The smallest groups are the Whites 0.06% or 415 persons, the Chinese 0.18% or 1, 377 persons and the Portuguese 0.26% or 1910 persons respectively in that ascending order. file:///Final_2012_Census_Compendium2.pdf

It should be noted that the Guyana Census 2012 was conducted as part of the United Nations 2010 Global Round of Population and Housing Census. It was not released by the Jagdeo-Ramotar government as they did not want to reveal the falling Indian population before the 2015 elections. Therefore, the failure of the PPP to gain a majority in both the 2011 and 2015 elections could be due to the 39.8% population.

Many people voted for Coalition on account of the misdeeds of the P.P.P, but coming up on the sidelines is the growth of the MIXED population, which no one is talking openly about. Instead they speak of the AFC as the party of disenchanted/ disillusioned Indian voters.

The MIXED Guyanese population is growing daily and no party can claim that they truly represent them. All we read and hear very day and wakeful moment is the Indian versus African divide when together these two entities only represent less than 70% of the population and the Indian population is falling yearly, while the mixed population is growing.

Among the underlying reasons behind the house-to-house vote registration is that it will clearly, in fact, blatantly expose the truth behind Indian migration… not forgetting that in the past illicit voting took place for persons no longer residing in Guyana.

The Amerindian vote is over 10% and rising rapidly due to high birth rates.  There is now the Shuman party (Liberty & Justice Party) led by Lenox Shuman who has officially relinquished his  Canadian citizenship. https://demerarawaves.com/2019/03/06/liberty-and-justice-partys-lenox-shuman-applies-to-give-up-canadian-citizenship-may-scrape-in-guyanese-residency/

The party is targeting Amerindian votes, vowing to transform the political landscape of recycled politics that over 50 years of questionable governance has not delivered a practicable future for Guyanese. The APNU/AFC Coalition is under attack as they have lacked political comprehension of why they were voted in. The attacks on the AFC by the PPP are intended to paint the Coalition as a PNC (Black Man) party and alienate the MIXED and disenchanted Indian population. The Coalition appears acephalous… no real PR addressing the issues on a Consistent basis ….. an ill leader and no obvious dynamic second-in-command does not really help the situation.

Many Guyanese cannot really define their ethnicity, as they would choose one they feel identifies them. Many Indians are really mixed. Most of the indentured Indians were males and they intermixed eventually with other Guyanese. The 2102 census showed the MIXED entity at 19.9%. There exists a possibility that the 2022 census could show them at 25%. The fact then is that at least 33% of the populace cannot claim a specific ethnicity that a DNA check will not refute. Indians do not respect Africans and the 23 year reign of the PPP highlighted this fact in many ways, as the country was sold out and state assets stolen by Indians. Now in moves the Chinese buying out and destroying the Indian economic base.

No political analyst is talking about the growing mixed population… who are all mixed up as they search for responsible leadership and good governance.

There is a high possibility of a minority government … but the party with the highest votes governs … helped by a coalition partner … Which one will it be?

The Guyanese people are living in interesting times.  It is clear that as the election draws near things will become more interesting.

Aleuta— the struggle continues. 

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Comments

  • kamtanblog  On August 15, 2019 at 3:59 am

    Would question the source of these statistics
    and would wish to see statistics from a different source before commenting
    further.
    What about some statics on the other
    races (nationals) entering Guyana ?
    Brazilians Venezuelans Surinamese et al
    …not to mention Chinese Indians Russians
    et al. Guyana is very vulnerable as it’s population is minuscule to its size.
    Any large influx of economic migrants can
    tip the political outcome. My prediction
    is “minority government” with deals behind
    closed doors after results have been announced. Not sure of outcome.
    A government is as good as the strength
    if it’s opposition.
    In my opinion…

    Kamtan

    • Trevor  On August 15, 2019 at 10:07 am

      This census took place in 2011-2012, way before Exxon found oil and everyone and their pets wanted to live in Guyana for the presumed oil monies.

  • Trevor  On August 15, 2019 at 10:06 am

    “Indians do not respect Africans and the 23 year reign of the PPP highlighted this fact in many ways, as the country was sold out and state assets stolen by Indians. Now in moves the Chinese buying out and destroying the Indian economic base.”

    I’ve already witnessed this with well-established Indo-Guyanese businessmen selling their assets and leaving the country, despite the large discoveries of oil, estimated to reach 9 billion barrels before 2022.

    Chinese (Admin, see how I respect this website) “businessmen” have already taken over Robb, Regent, Camp and certain areas of Sheriff Street, and they are constructing taller & taller buildings.

    One can argue that the wave of 5 to 7 storey buildings was used to launder drugs money (from 2007 to 2015), while the current wave to build large and taller buildings from 10 storeys up is used to launder Asian human trafficking monies.

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On August 15, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Yvonne Sam writes:
    “Indians do not respect Africans and the 23 year reign of the PPP highlighted this fact in many ways, as the country was sold out and state assets stolen by Indians”. And, “Now in moves the Chinese buying out and destroying the Indian economic base.”

    Wonder if the Ethnic Relations Comm in Guyana (but fortunately (?) for her she doesn’t seem to live in Guyana) is paying attention to this blatant anti-Indian (and anti-Chinese) racist and inflammatory statement by Ms. Sam (who also regularly writes about her Christian faith).

    Also, I wonder if Ms. Alissa Trotz is similarly paying attention.

    On behalf of Indians, I request her to provide her evidence of “Indians do not respect Africans”; and “state assets stolen by Indians”

    Secondly, I have just published a book – The Mauling of Indians: Prof. Clem Seecharan’s Noxious ”Revisionist” Falsehoods of Indo-Guyanese History – revealing that African Guyanese, at the very earliest, earliest encounter with Indians, regarded the Indians as “alien coolies”, brutalized them, including violating Indian women, while defiantly and smugly claiming that ‘Coolie too weak’ to defend their women and themselves.

    My source of this major revelation is a Caribbean-African woman scholar. She wrote a book dealing with one Indian young teenage girl’s experience of this ‘violation’ which then led to her death. The scholar even linked the current racial/ethnic sour relations in Guyana to these very early events.
    At present, the hardcopy book is available directly from me: vedamohabir@rogers.com

    VedaNM.

    • Trevor  On August 15, 2019 at 9:15 pm

      Sister means “PPP/Jagdeo crew”, but probably wrote her article in haste.

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