Guyana Politics: Nomination Day 2020 – Thirteen parties enter 2020 elections race

Some of the new faces at Nomination Day included Gerald Forde, who is a medical doctor. On behalf of The New Movement (TNM), Forde stated that the presidential candidate Asha Kissoon. Representatives of the party were decked in black and white.

The party appears to be very youthful, with Forde stating that its membership does not see a future with the veteran major parties. The party, he said, will be focused on tackling corruption, youth unemployment, mental health and other similar issues.

Speaking on challenges faced so far, Forde said that the party has not had the best luck with older voters, who appear to be stuck in their ways. He said that they are too caught up in tribal, racial voting practices.

“They know that there is a problem, but they can’t move away from it.” The party is aware of other youth parties in the mix, like The Citizenship Initiative (TCI) whose Presidential candidate is Rhonda Lam.

TCI Executive Member Ruel Johnson said that the party is contesting in six regions in the regional elections. He said that the party had some logistical and socio-cultural challenges in getting the support needed to take part in elections in all regions.

He noted that the party is hoping to bring about a change in politics, which is one of the main reasons it was formed.

There was some reluctance to get involved in politics, Johnson explained, describing the process it embarked on to accumulate signatures.

Change Guyana led by Robert Badal said that his party garnered enough support to bring about a notable difference in the nation’s politics.

The party is contesting in six regions; time did not permit it to complete signature lists for all regions.
It was one of the small parties with the flashier campaigns. A white truck painted with Change Guyana slogans was driving around outside of the Pegasus Hotel compound, sometimes appearing to compete with the noisy PPP and APNU+AFC motorcades.

Appealing to crowds, the party vowed to end blackouts, lower taxes and create jobs for thousands.
Badal who spoke to reporters following the presentation of the list, said that he is confident that his list of candidates is in fact very convincing.

Organisation for the Victory of the People- (OVP) another small party is contesting for the regional seats.
The party led by Gerald Pereira said it will not be contesting for the presidency because it will be supporting the APNU+AFC party in the general elections.

The party is in support of people’s empowerment and wants to work on behalf of citizens at the grassroots level to ensure their basic needs, such as for land and housing, are met.

Lenox Shuman of the Liberty and Justice Party (LJP) was grilled about dual citizenship, namely his Canadian citizenship, which he claims to have already sorted out.

Shuman said that he already made the formal application to have his citizenship relinquished, and that that was sorted out since December last.

Representing the Guyana National Service Party (GNS) was Oral Semple. He claims to have stood outside alone all afternoon. He told media operatives he is not the party ‘s leader. That person is Arthur Fredericks, he said.
He was lone representative of his party at Nomination Day since according to him, the rest of his party was at work and could not make it.

The People’s Republican Party (PRP) is a Christian political party, who came to present its candidates late in the afternoon. PRP’s presidential candidate is Valerie Leung. The party had a prayer session before entering the Umana Yana.

The National Independent Party (NIP), led by Attorney-at-Law Saphier Hussain, is on a quest to make Guyana a territory of the United States of America. Husain is the presidential candidate of his party.

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  • nizam khan  On 01/11/2020 at 11:20 am

    There is only going to be one winner

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

    • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 01/11/2020 at 1:25 pm

      Nizam, I continue to live in hope that the “one winner” would be the people of Guyana.

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 01/11/2020 at 1:34 pm

    Thirteen parties! An impressive line-up. Is this a sign of the peoples’ engagement in forging a better future for all Guyanese? Or is this just a sign of the Midas touch?

  • guyaneseonline  On 01/11/2020 at 5:30 pm

    US, UK, EU congratulate GECOM on smooth nominations process

    By Stabroek News – January 11, 2020

    The Heads of the British High Commission, the US Embassy and the European Union here today congratulated those nominated for the general and regional elections and the Guyana Elections Commission for a smoothly run process.

    In a joint statement they said:
    “Now the hard work of campaigning begins in earnest. During this election season, we encourage all Guyanese and the leaders of Guyana’s political parties, civil society organisations, business chambers, the media, religious groups, and educational institutions to embrace the essence of unity and social cohesion as enshrined in Guyana’s constitution. We call on all parties to campaign in the spirit of hearty and respectful competition with the ultimate goal of ensuring free and fair elections which reflect the will of the majority of the people.

    “We also urge all parties to promote and support a peaceful and mature election campaign – one where everyone, regardless of political leanings, is able to express their views openly”.

  • the only  On 01/11/2020 at 5:50 pm


  • guyaneseonline  On 01/15/2020 at 7:38 pm

    Nine parties qualify to contest 2020 Presidential elections
    Jan 15, 2020

    Commissioners attached to the Guyana Elections Commission, (GECOM) have confirmed that nine parties out of 13 have qualified to contest the general elections slated for March 2.

    Speaking to the press outside GECOM head office in Kingston, yesterday, Opposition-appointed Commissioner Sase Gunraj told the media the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), A Partnership for National Unity+ Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC), A New and United Guyana (ANUG), the United Republican Party (URP), Change Guyana, the Liberty and Justice Party (LJP) and the People’s Republic Party (PRP)The Citizenship Initiative (TCI), The New Movement (TNM) will all be contesting in the General elections.

    The Federal United Party (FED UP) and Organization of Victory of the People, (OVP) had earlier indicated that they would only be contesting the regional polls.

    Gunraj told the media that only two parties, the National Independent Party (NIP) and the Guyana National Service Party (GNSP) have failed to meet the requirements for the elections. As such, the Commissioner said that along fellow election commissioner, Charles Corbin, he is preparing to leave Guyana in the coming weeks to oversee the printing of ballots.

    Gunraj’s statements were supported by Government-appointed Commissioner Vincent Alexander. Alexander was specifically questioned on how GECOM intends to deal with the issue of false declarations.

    Presidential candidates of both the LJP, Lenox Shuman, and United Republican Party (URP) Dr Vishnu Bandhu, have indicated that they are yet to get clearance on the matter of their citizenship in foreign countries.

    All candidates contesting the General elections were made aware of the articles in the Constitution of Guyana, which prohibits dual citizens from being elected a member of the National Assembly.
    Shuman and Bandhu have both noted their intention to relinquish their dual citizenship but said that they have not received official word from their status.

    At present, GECOM is deciding how to deal with the matter since the candidates would have signed a declaration form in the presence of a Justice of Peace (JP) declaring that they are only citizens of Guyana and are aware of the articles in the Constitution of Guyana which prohibits dual citizens from being elected a member of the National Assembly.

    “We have taken decisions as to how that is to be dealt with,” Gunraj told the media yesterday.

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