Tag Archives: Constitutional Reform

Guyana Politics – EXPLOITING THE SENTIMENTS OF THE ELECTORATE – By Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

SHARED GOVERNANCE

Conversation Tree Blog – January 12, 2019  – by Ralph Ramkarran

In a lengthy article written in 2011 before the general elections of that year, for “Freedom House” on “Countries at the Crossroads 2011: Guyana,” Assistant Professor Joan Mars, of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice of the University of Michigan-Flint, said: “Elections are constitutionally due to be held in 2011.

Calls by the political opposition for shared governance have not been endorsed by the ruling PPP/C administration headed by President Jagdeo; with its consistent absolute majority in parliament, the PPP/C has had little incentive to agree to share power, but the idea may be gathering momentum as a major rallying point in the forthcoming elections.“ Assistant Professor Mars, a former practising lawyer in Guyana, concluded: “The current system of majority rule should be reformed to provide for a power-sharing model that is representative of the ethnic diversity in the population.           Continue reading

LOCAL GOVERNMENT – by Ralph Ramkarran – commentary

LOCAL GOVERNMENT – by  

Posted on March 19, 2016 – Conversationtree blog

Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

Once upon a time, during the colonial era, Guyana had a local government system that functioned. It emerged from the establishment of village democracy in estates purchased by freed slaves. It did not cover all of Guyana and its functions were limited. But legislation throughout the 20th century improved and expanded the local government and municipal systems. These became so well organized that there was a national body called the Guyana Association of Local Authorities, which had great influence in the early years of our modern political development.

Many might be tempted to attribute the destruction of Guyana’s local government system since 1970, or thereabouts, by the failure to hold no more than two elections since then, as a conspiracy between the main political parties. But it was not.    Continue reading

GUYANA – Latest News – 13 August 2015 – Demerara Waves

 GUYANA – Latest News – 13 August 2015 – Demerara Waves

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – By Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – By Ralph Ramkarran

A report appeared in the press last week of a meeting between the Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo, Minister of Governance, Raphael Trotman and AFC executive and prominent attorney, Mr. Nigel Hughes to discuss constitutional reform. Constitutional reform is one of the undertakings given by the APNU+AFC coalition in its 100-day programme. No doubt the Government is looking to make an announcement on the issue before the end of the 100-day period.

On July 24 a symposium took place at Moray House on constitutional reform. The panelists were myself, Henry Jeffrey and Haslyn Parris. The proceedings were chaired by Miles Fitzpatrick. We were engaged in what might well be regarded as unfinished business. As leading member, Secretary and Chair, respectively, of the Constitutional Reform Commission, Miles Fitzpatrick, Haslyn Parris and I handed in our report to the Speaker of the National Assembly some fifteen years ago. The feeling at that time by some was that the process we had concluded did not resolve the most fundamental problems facing Guyana.   Continue reading

GUYANA: Capitol TV News Videos – 25 June 2015

Capitol TV logoGUYANA: Capitol TV News Videos – 25 June 2015

  • Gov’t denounces latest Maduro overtures on Guyanese territory
  • Nagamootoo soon to kick start constitutional reform
  • Linden to get own TV station soon – Nagamootoo
  • Ramjattan says Police Force needs more resources, training
  • Ed Ahmad NYC court in trial of Congressman Sampson of NY
  • Investigation into scrap metal trade nears completion
  • Sports

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Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 20 May 2015

Capitol TV logoGuyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 20 May 2015

  • Granger appoints Prime Minister, 15 ministers
  • Exxon Mobil announces “significant” oil discovery
  • Nagamootoo to oversee information sector, and lead constitutional reform
  • New Finance Minister gets down to budget preparation
  • Georgetown clean up continues
  • Granger aims to create bribe-free public sector
  • Sports

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Guyana: The PPP should embrace Constitutional Reform – By Ralph Ramkarran

THE PPP SHOULD EMBRACE CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM

Posted on March 7, 2015 by  in conversationtree.gy 

Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

This month the PPP celebrates the life of Cheddi Jagan. In preparing to face the electorate, the party will be today invoking his legacy at Babu John. The electioneering mode that will dominate the proceedings and atmosphere at Babu John will seek to build enthusiasm and momentum, which are critical in the electoral battleground of the Corentyne, whose voting may decisively influence the outcome of the elections, as it did in 2011. To recover the votes it lost in 2011 in the Corentyne, the public can expect a colourful rally with robust verbal assaults on the APNU+AFC alliance.

The PPP could have been facing the electorate in completely different circumstances. Displaying a woeful lack of foresight, it sat back and allowed its opponents to unite, rather than keeping them competing for influence, as they had been doing after the elections. The exposure of the Government/Granger Linden electricity deal by the AFC in 2012 comes to mind. Now, the APNU+AFC political alliance threatens the PPP’s hold on political power.   Continue reading

“Cummingsburg Accord”: APNU-AFC Coalition agreement and program

Georgetown, Guyana

Friday 20th February 2015

APNU-AFC COALITION PRESENTS A TEN-POINT PROGRAMME FOR DEMOCRACY, DEVELOPMENT AND NATIONAL UNITY

 A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) have presented a ten-point programme for democracy, development and national unity. This follows their decision to contest the forthcoming General and Regional elections as a single coalition. That decision was embodied in the Cummingsburg Accord signed by Leader of APNU, Brigadier David Granger and Leader of the AFC, Mr. Khemraj Ramjattan on the 14th February 2015. Continue reading

Constitutional Reform + Opposition Unity- by Ralph Ramkarran

Here are two commentaries by Ralph Ramkarran:

CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM NEEDS POLITICAL CONSENSUS – By Ralph Ramkarran

    Saturday, 20th December 2014  7:00 pm

A constitution defines the basic laws, structures for governance and rights and responsibilities under which a society is organized. A constitution needs to be changed when some or all of its rules no longer reflect the popular will or when they have been overtaken after the effluxion of time. Suggestions for reform of the constitution, therefore, reflect a view that it is in need of restructuring.

The recent proposals of the AFC announced by its Chair, Mr. Nigel Hughes, at the party’s recent conference suggests that the structure of our executive and legislature, and the relationship between them, need to be altered. These proposals add to those already in circulation, offered by other persons. There is also substantial writing and academic material on record on situations like Guyana’s. This debate will gather steam and climb to the top of the agenda only when the political conditions mature.

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OPPOSITION UNITY – By Ralph Ramkarran  Continue reading

Guyana – Capitol TV News Videos – 12 December 2014

Capitol TV News Videos – 12 December 2014

  • Granger moves to High Court to stop-extra-budgetary spending
  • Manickchand defends sending child to private school
  • Granger says constitutional reform must be influenced by citizens
  • Caribbean Airlines announced change in baggage policy
  • No charges at court for Crum-Ewing
  • Rafieya Husain set t compete for Miss World title
  • Sports

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Granger moves to High Court to stop-extra-budgetary spending

Posted: 12 Dec 2014 01:09 PM PST

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