The opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is not happy with the return of the “Vote Like A Boss” voter campaign,which encourages electors to get out and vote on elections day.
In a two-page statement, the PPP described the group as a “political non-entity” and charged that it “comes to life only at elections time, first sprung up on the eve of the May 2015 Regional and General Elections. On this occasion, it has re-emerged from the woodwork on the eve of the Local Government election.”
According to the party, “Vote Like A Boss” is clearly a “foreign-funded front organization representing foreign interests who have an anti-PPP agenda for ideological and political reasons.”
The campaign is supported by the US Embassy in Georgetown as part of its initiative to encourage voter participation at the upcoming elections. During the last national elections, the campaign played an instrumental role in encouraging Guyanese to vote by educating them about the voting system and the importance of voting.
The campaign has brought together a number of Guyanese youth groups and youth activists. Still, the PPP believes the campaign may be up to no good.
Its statement said the voter education campaign “is so well endowed with funds that it can afford to post more than a dozen advertisements costing millions in the Guyana Chronicle, the Kaieteur News, Stabroek News and the Guyana Times.”
“It is instructive to note that “Vote Like a Boss” exists for no other but electoral purposes and its main mission, notwithstanding its efforts to appear non-political publically neutral and educational, nevertheless its principal aim is to influence politically the youth voter in a particular political direction and to sway young voters away from the PPP/C into the camps of the APNU+AFC”, the party claimed.
The party reminded that it has had years of experience in dealing with front and foreign funded NGOs such as VLAB and that “the mask will surely fall from VLAB. The PPP is not fooled and will not be misled by the subterfuges of VLAB and its external sponsors.”
For several weeks, the PPP has also complained about the lack of voter education in the lead up to the Local Government Elections and recently expressed worry about the low voter turn out at the Disciplined Services Vote.