President Donald Ramotar has announced that the 10th Parliament of Guyana will be dissolved on Saturday February 28, 2015 to clear the way for national elections to be held on May 11.
In an Address to the Nation on Tuesday, the President said he has issued the Proclamations that identify 28thFebruary, 2015 as the date of the Dissolution of the 10th Parliament of Guyana and the Ten Regional Democratic Councils.
The Parliament has been prorogued since November 2014. That prorogation was as a result of the Opposition’s move to move a no confidence motion against the Government of Guyana.
The President never ended that prorogation but in January he announced that it was time for Guyanese to head to the polls and he named May 11 as the date for elections.
See Full Address to the Nation below:
As you are aware, last November I prorogued the Tenth Parliament of Guyana.
As I explained then, that action was taken to allow the parties in Parliament additional opportunities to talk and hopefully resolve the pressing National issues that were confronting us.
In addition, I wanted to give GECOM time to have another round of Continuous Registration to enfranchise those persons, who, through no fault of their own, did not have the source document to be registered.
Unfortunately the opposition refused to dialogue and I was left with no option but to call elections for May 11, 2015.
I did not dissolve the Parliament at the same time because had I done so, the claims and objections period which also allows for transfers would have been truncated.
Were the latter to have occurred, thousands of Guyanese voters who changed their place of residence would not have been able to obtain their transfers and this could have led to them being disenfranchised.
The Claims and Objection period ended last Sunday, February 22, 2015, clearing the way for me to dissolve the Parliament.
I therefore wish to announce that earlier today I issued the Proclamations that identify 28thFebruary, 2015 as the date of the Dissolution of the 10th Parliament of Guyana and the Ten Regional Democratic Councils.
As I have previously announced, General and Regional Elections will be held on May 11, 2015.
I thank you and Good night!
February 24, 2015