The Opposition People’s Progressive Party wants a full investigation into the alleged “abuse” of state resources by the APNU+AFC government during the campaign for the just concluded local government elections.
Although claiming that it was victorious at the Local Government Elections, the PPP in a statement said it intends to take the issue of abuse of state resources to the National Assembly and call for an independent probe.
President David Granger has already dismissed the charges by the PPP saying that there was use not abuse of state resources. He said it would have been impossible for him and his ministers to leave their security teams and vehicles behind as they traversed the country.
During its 23 years in Government, the PPP was accused of the same abuse of state resources and always dismissed those allegations even in the face of glaring evidence.
Now in opposition, the party believes it was able to do well at the Local Government Elections, “in spite of the threats and use of intimidatory tactics by Government Officials towards residents at Bartica and elsewhere, as well as the obnoxious abuse of State resources by the APNU+AFC and the vote-buying handouts from the Ministry of Social Cohesion at Bartica, Mabaruma and Lethem.”
Meanwhile the party claims that based on its own assessment, it came away from the elections with over 60% of the support.
“The impressive victories scored by the PPP/C clearly vindicates its long held view that the party was always prepared to contest Local Government Elections and could never be held responsible for delaying these elections. The party reiterates that all the delays for the holding of Local Government Elections were due to the persistent street demonstrations and legal and other challenges raised by those who used every possible means to throw up obstacles on the path for Local Government Elections”, it said.
The PPP called local government elections once during its 23 years in government. The elections were due every three years.