As the government and the opposition continue to argue about whether there should be house-to-house registration before the next elections, the People’s National Congress which is the largest party in the coalition government believes the Opposition is afraid of a clean list.
The PNC hosted its weekly press conference this morning at Congress Place and according to the party’s treasurer and Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan, the PNC and the Government respects the CCJ’s ruling and the move to have house-to-house registration done is not in contravention of the ruling.
“Proceeding using the expired list that is based on the house to house registration from 2012, would not give Guyanese would not gove the Guyanese people a credible election. Irfaan Ali and the PPP want to force an election on a list that is not only expired, but that is bloated, with as many as 200,000 names of people who are not eligible. This makes the list susceptible to massive voter fraud”, Bulkan said.
When questioned about how the party came up with the 200,000 figure of ineligible voters on the list, Bulkan pointed to the size of the voter’s list compared to the population.
Bulkan is convinced that the PPP is afraid of a clean voter’s list and credible elections.
He said “Irfaan Ali and the PPP are actively campaigning against house-to-house registration; they live in mortal fear of a clean list and by extension fair and credible elections. It should be noted that in 1990, the PPP delayed elections by two years in order to conduct house-to-house registration.”
Bulkan said the PPP wants to stop progress by “illegitimate means”.
The Constitution dictates that following the passage of a no-confidence motion, elections must be called within three months or at a time agreed to by two-thirds of the National Assembly.
The PPP has already said it will not be going back to Parliament to allow the government to get that two-thirds vote. Bulkan admitted that if there is no extension and elections are not held within three months, then there is a grey area that will exist.