Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo today threw a dark cloud over next week’s planned meeting with the President, saying that he will only meet with the President if the issue is specific to an election date.
State Minister Joe Harmon wrote the Opposition Leader earlier this week on the President’s behalf, inviting him to consultations on upcoming elections and funding of those elections and the role of the National Assembly during this period.
But at his weekly media briefing today, the Opposition Leader said “unless there is a time for elections on the agenda, there will be no meeting”.
He said the agenda issues listed by the President’s office for the upcoming meeting are issues that are covered by the Constitution and therefore he sees no need to be meeting on those issues.
Just last week, the Opposition Leader said he was willing to meet with the President on the issue of elections, but would not be the one to initiate the meeting.
With the meeting set for next Wednesday, Mr. Jagdeo said his party does not plan to vote to extend the period for elections. The Guyana Elections Commission has already indicated that elections cannot be held in March.
Jagdeo also accused the President and his government of fraud, while highlighting two letters that were sent to the Guyana Elections Commission by the President.
Jagdeo claims that one of the letters was altered and some contents left out. But a close examination of the two letters sent by the President to the Chairman of the Elections Commission shows one of the letters acknowledging the other one.
One letter urged the Guyana Elections Commission to begin preparations for elections, while the other invited the GECOM Chairman to consultations with the President on the elections.
Although Jagdeo admitted that he only became aware of the difference in the letters moments before his press conference, he still held firm to his belief that it was one letter and one that was altered.
The Press Office of the President has since indicated to News Source that two letters were sent to the Guyana Elections Commission Chairman.