Guyana Elections: Jagdeo’s PPP shuns executive power sharing; prefers “inclusionary democracy”

PPP General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo points to presidential candidate, Irfan Ali while admitting he was his anointed pick.

The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Sunday night shunned the idea of executive power-sharing but pledged its commitment to inclusive governance and no discrimination against political opponents, shortly after the national recount unofficially gave that party  a 13,069‬ vote lead ahead of A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC).         

“I, personally, would not like to work with some of these people oin any form, whether it’s executive power sharing or not. They have lost all credibility,” PPP General Secretary, Bharrat Jagdeo told reporters shortly after the recount ended at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown.

PPP presidential candidate, Dr. Irfaan Ali prefered to rely on policies and programmes of a development agenda for the benefit of all Guyanese. He shrugged off questions about whether he supported executive power sharing. “There is no model that tells you executive power sharing is superior to any other aspect of any inclusion. It is how do we include ideas, how do we make the Parliament better functioning, how do we make the Parliament better involved, how do we ensure that each arm of government manages and governs in the best interest of the people and how is it that we ensure the development agenda, the development priorities and the resources of our country are spent in a manner in which all Guyanese feel a part of and they benefit,” he said.

Asked pointedly whether he supports executive power sharing, Ally repeated: “I support moving forward together in an inclusive manner.”

Incumbent President, David Granger on May 25 told the state-owned National Communications Network (NCN) that he favoured power-sharing and would again make overtures to the PPP should he be declared the winner of the March 2, 2020 presidential, parliamentary and 10 regional council elections. “At the start of my tenure, I did invite the People’s Progressive Party to discuss a form of shared governance and were I to be re-elected after the declaration of the Election Commission, I would do the same again. I believe in inclusionary democracy and the PPP has to be, is part of the future of Guyana,”  he has said. Granger has said it is “damaging” not to have a government in which all parties can share, particularly the PPP “which represents a substantial part of our electorate and our population and I would invite them again.”

For the PPP, that party has acknowledged that Guyana’s governance model “has to change” and “enshrine it”  through constitutional reform. Jagdeo, however, said everything rests on respecting the outcome of the elections. “They, until now, are refusing to accept the will of the people and so when you have a government sworn in based on the will of the people, we are open to any sort of discussion but you have to do this also with people who care about this country and the trauma they are putting us through, in mind, shows that they don’t care anything about this country,” he said.

Asked what governance model the PPP has in mind to include that segment of the population that might never support his party for several decades to come, Jagdeo said he was unsure that that alone would change such a scenario. Instead, he cited the need for hard work and care “on the ground” people would support the party more.

But the PPP General Secretary said executive power sharing was not that simple because an “effective government” would be needed because the electorate judges political parties on delivering results such as goods and services. “You have to have partners and people who are like-minded and agree to your programme for delivering goods and services to our people all across Guyana,” he said.

Amid persistent claims by APNU+AFC that the PPP engineered electoral fraud affecting more than 84,000 votes, Jagdeo argued that the People’s National Congress Reform-led coalition was not operating in good faith to create the conditions for political cooperation for the good of Guyana. “This party, on a daily basis, is showing that its leaders are incapable of putting national interest and national consideration first, primary,” he said.

With unofficial figures up to Sunday night from The Citizenship Initiative website, , showing that PPP won 230,328 votes and APNU+AFC 217,259, the PPP assured that its opponents would not be discriminated against but instead a new administration would govern Guyana for all its peoples. “This is democracy and PPP has made it clear- and look at our period in office too, that we have to manage Guyana in the interest of all Guyanese,” he said, adding that Guyanese across the political divide must be involved in managing the country’s emerging oil and gas sector. “We want to make sure that every Guyanese, wherever they live in this country or whatever their political affiliation or their race can all equally share the benefits of our country,” he said.

The former Guyanese leader recalled that during the PPP’s tenure- 1992 to 2015- there was legislative power-sharing through parliamentary management, parliamentary sectoral committees, and rights commissions. On the question that ordinary people still feel excluded, Jagdeo contended that Afr-Guyanese are “led to believe that”. “The rhetoric is just racism,” he said.

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  • Pierre la Pew  On 06/09/2020 at 1:41 am

    Like the previous PPP governments, non inclusive rule, no inclusive democracy, no inclusive anything. The man is lying as usual to try and fool and pacify Guyanese.

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On 06/09/2020 at 8:35 am

    Funny that this “lying man” won the elections even though the “sanctimonious gangsta” as the other leader is referred to, In recent Caribbean media, pulled every trick, and is not finished as his other arm GECOM will try to nullify the election.
    This same “lying man” has extended his reach and has attracted numerous Afro-Guyanese and mixed men and several young women to his platform. Look back at any video of the rollout of the PPP CAMPIGN. I don’t follow the Party nor even read their paper. I write of what I accidentally saw as I was viewing another unrelated video back in January.

  • Yvonne K  On 06/09/2020 at 11:59 am

    I wonder how many of the black people that showed up on his platform were paid by him? Sharing of executive power will require transparency……say no more!!! Mr. Ali should provide proof of the university degrees he claim to have before he’s sworn in. To me that refusal equates with Trump refusing to declare his tax forms and we know the kind of leader he is. I

  • Jasmine  On 06/09/2020 at 12:05 pm

    Hope I’m not talking out of turn but I have a strong feeling that the PPP will have difficulty governing Guyana. It’s not going to be like in the past. Guyanese are older and wiser and will NOT tolerate being treated like second class citizens.

  • Honested  On 06/09/2020 at 2:35 pm

    Yvonne K
    Be careful what you say I taught you that in high school
    As one of your former teachers
    I implore you to voice truth and goodness and not divisiveness
    One people one nation one destiny

    • Yvonne K  On 06/09/2020 at 9:40 pm

      Sorry Homested but you have the wrong person.

  • Curtis  On 06/09/2020 at 6:47 pm

    VNM you need to lay off the racial rhetoric. The time for that has come and gone….you’re yesterday’s man. No amount of books you write will legitimize anything you say. The Black Lives Matter mantra will be heard throughout Guyana whether you like it or not and hopefully the PPP have been paying attention to what is unfolding throughout the world with regard to Black Lives Matter. You’re not an expert on black anything and I’m glad to see and read that black people have finally found their voices and are shouting from the rooftops. Now I read that you’re off pontificating about Canadian blacks. I guess you must have been in terrible withdrawal while this Blog was on vacation because you have jumped back in all your racial splendour spouting a load of crap. Which other platform would give anything you say the time of day. You think because the PPP has won the election gives you the right to insult and degrade the APNU government and the Afro Guyanese people. We’re not interested in your boyhood days and the stories you’ve told about your racial experiences. This is 2020. What you should be writing about is what would be the best way to move Guyana that will be a win/win for all its people.

    • Bernard  On 06/10/2020 at 11:21 am

      Curtis- Everyone ignores a fool, especially one deeply trapped in a bygone era. Especially one who repeatedly and annoyingly beats and dances to his own drum while everyone else laughs in derision.

  • Kman  On 06/09/2020 at 7:16 pm

    People, get it through your thick skulls, ALL LIVES MATTER, not only that of one race.

    We all all of the human race,well almost all of us, so stop your divisiveness, calm down and carry one.

    In Guyana, only the poor hard working folks are suffering, no matter who holds power.

    • Curtis  On 06/09/2020 at 8:25 pm

      KMAN…..Of course all lives matter but VNM directing his tirades on black people so just saying that with what’s going on throughout the world on behalf of black people at this moment he needs to stop writing his racial rhetoric and the PPP need to know that they better walk the walk and not just talk the talk with their promise of a government of inclusion. That’s what Guyana needs if the poor working folks are going to have a chance at a better life.

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On 06/09/2020 at 8:55 pm

    Curtis: You are writing on the wrong thread. Post your wisdom where it relates. Lol

  • Curtis  On 06/09/2020 at 9:37 pm

    VNM….you got the message and that’s all that matters. And it’s no laughing matter.

  • Carmen Durgacharan  On 06/10/2020 at 7:17 am

    so many bad vibes on here and why is it always about Race in Guyana, PPL there is good and bad in all Races and no Human Being is perfect!!! but what I find confusing is that they are not Declaring the Results of the early March Election even with Re-counting and President Granger promised he will accept whatever the Results after Re-counting and still GECOM are not Declaring the Winner, which looks like the PPP!!! and another thing ‘all this about ‘Black lives matter’ I support fully that in the USofA changes needs to happen, urgently as ever since ‘slavery’ days not much has changed but I do believe it will change now, but please DO NOT COMPARE Guyana with the USofA, it’s a different ball game and also England changes need to happen in this two countries urgently as to how Black and Brown lives are treated by the Police and Institutional Racism
    towards PPL of Colour.

    • Yvonne K  On 06/10/2020 at 8:16 am

      Carmen, as the saying goes “same church, different pew”. BLACK LIVES MATTER might be a U.S. based push, but it also applies to every country around the world where black people were marginalized, and that includes Guyana. Ask any black Afro Guyanese what it was like living under 22 years of PPP governance and you might sing a different tune. You yourself might even have a recollection of what went on if you were living there. Now that the PPP are back in the saddle we can only hope that history does not repeat itself and that they really plan to have an inclusive government. That’s the wish of all Guyanese.

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On 06/10/2020 at 10:08 am

    Curtis: When I ‘Loled’, it was my way to say I have heard you tripe before and I choose to ignore it. Quite a while back when your anti-India and anti-Indian types were coming after me and the moderator chose, as he does now, to not read well, I spoke of my disgust and waste of time on this blog and was deciding to stop posting here and concentrate on other book/article writing. In fact, until Cristine Khan unexperiencedly/uneducatedly attacked IndoCaribbean people (see Anti-Blackness in Indo Caribbean Community), I ignored the resuscitation of this blog as a biased platform and a waste of my time.

    A couple of comments on your tripe:

    Re. my “insult and degrade the APNU government”. I degrade the APNU (PNC) gov’t because their history says they are worthy of it:

    • their history from the 60s is that they are thieves (of every elections in their 28 years run until Pres Carter intervened for fair elections); and Granger is seen as complicit in that he was the Berbice Commander of the GDF in 1973 when the said GDF grabbed the elections ballot boxes, took them to the GDF HQ and stuffed them with pro-Burnham/PNC ballots, leading to the killing of two Indian men who tried to safeguard the boxes;
    • racist and supremacist for making May 26 (the day of ignomy – rapes, killing burning/destruction of homes/businesses of Indian people at Wismar, 1964) as Guyana’s Independence day of Guyana – rubbing salt in Indian wounds and displaying Black superiority/supremacy;
    • now they are out to steal the 2020 elections and remain in power, to the dismay of the whole world (except for Black supporters like you, Curtis, in and outside Guyana); so much so that Granger is deemed the “Sanctimonious Gangsta” in the Caribbean )

    It is wisely said, fella, “We Ignore History at Our Peril”.

    Ms. Durgacharan: I hope the above explains why after three full months there is no winner proclaimed. GECOM is just an arm of GRANGER- PNC/APNU’
    And, GECOM will likely announce the elections nullified so as to carry-on PNC/APNU hegemony over Indians in Guyana.

    • carmen Durgacharan  On 06/10/2020 at 10:33 am

      Thank you ever so much VNM and Yvonne I read your replies and fully understand but I will not comment on Politics as forever in my Life I hear and witnessed Guyana’s Politicians. I had to leave Guyana in 1970 @ a very young age as I couldn’t find work under the PNC and all the problems then..banned foods etc etc and then followed by all my 5 siblings, sent to Mother England to be schooled and educated whilst our parents remained in Guyana..we had to leave Guyana and learn how to survive in England with very little after all those years Guyanese Politicians are still @ each others throat and getting nastier by the day..We are one Nation, One Destiny and One People..Mr Granger please get GECOM to Declare the rightful winners. Thanks

  • Janet James  On 08/05/2020 at 1:36 am

    Judging by the way the PNC and coalition party behave , they are not to be trusted. They have bankrupted the government treasury. They have lied and shown no respect for the will of the people. They have disgraced Guyana and left a bad impression of corruption in Guyana. Can you trust a government who would go to such length as to openly lie and rig the elections, denying people their votes. They have been exposed by the entire International community as being corrupted and dishonest. Can you trust a government who has shown no respect
    for democracy?

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