APNU believes PPP is afraid of upcoming Polls

APNU believes PPP is afraid of upcoming Polls

With the combined Opposition parties in the National Assembly getting ready to move and pass a no confidence motion against the Government of Guyana, national elections could be called as early as February 2014.

The Elections Commission and the political parties are all getting into election mode. The Alliance For Change and A Partnership for National Unity have both been hosting community outreaches across Guyana in full campaign style. And all of the political parties have been paying close attention to the Preliminary List of Electors. The governing People’s Progressive Party believes the list is padded, but that allegation was shot down by the Elections Commission and several of the other concerns of the PPP were also thrown out.

The APNU believes the PPP is behaving like a “cornered rat” as it continues to make objections and claims to the Preliminary List of Electors.

“A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) holds no brief for GECOM but surely Mr. Rohee is inventing issues to support his allegations.It must be noted that all aspects of the Registration exercise are done in keeping with the law and set rules. For example, in the case of the deceased, all reported deaths to GECOM are duly deleted from the list. Can Mr. Rohee say whether, as the Minister in charge of the General Registrar’s Office (GRO), that list is updated and has been submitted to GECOM?”, the APNU said in a statement.

 According to the party, it is unfortunate also that Mr. Rohee’s allegation of a padded list with dead persons “is inaccurate”. The party said Rohee’s contentions illustrate “the inefficiency of the PPP’s General Secretary and his field staff whom he claims submitted the field information.”

 The APNU also believes that the PPP is on a move to remove persons from the voters list who live in areas that would usually give strong support to the Opposition parties.

“A cursory look at a few regions give us a revealing example of this issue. Region No. 3 – Plantain Walk Office 225 objections were submitted. Worthy of note is that out of that amount, 212 alone are from Den Amstel but, more than that, many of those are people who are alive and well and certainly existing.

This repeats itself in all other regions. In Region No. 5 – Mr. Rohee reported that 454 persons are on the list who should not be there. His Party’s submission to GECOM for objections is 367 with a focus to take off residents of Hopetown from the list. Many of these persons areprominent people – Teachers, Clerk, Mechanic, etc.”, the APNU statement said.

The Opposition parties believe that there is a move to employ delaying tactics and to blame GECOM as the move continues to the no confidence vote and early elections.

According to the APNU, “We do not subscribe to the disenfranchisement of any elector regardless of his or her ethnicity. Let it be known also that APNU too has its field staff who are doing their fieldwork. We urge GECOM to do its best and produce a transparent list of electors so that all concerned can be happy”.

7th September, 2014

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