President will call early elections if no confidence motion moves forward

President will call early elections if no confidence motion moves forward

President Donald Ramotar on Tuesday evening announced that if the Opposition parties move ahead with the no confidence motion against his administration when the National Assembly meets on Monday November 10, 2014, he will dissolve the Parliament and call early national elections.

“I also wish to declare that were this not to be so, and I am provided with reasons to believe that the Parliamentary Opposition intends to disrupt Government’s business by forcing a debate on their No Confidence Motion, I resolve to respond immediately by exercising my Constitutional options to either Prorogue or Dissolve Parliament paving the way for holding of General Elections”, Mr. Ramotar said in his address to the nation.

He said he hopes that several other issues will be discussed, but will be forced to dissolve the Assembly and move ahead with early elections if the Opposition decide to  move ahead with the  no confidence vote.  Donald-Ramotar1-208x300

The President also announced during the televised address that he intends to call local government elections in the second quarter of 2015. Local Government Elections have not been called in 20 years. The Opposition parties have been pressing the administration to set a definite date for the elections.

Mr. Ramotar said “I have been advised that the Guyana Elections Commission will require six months to prepare for Local Government Elections under the new local Government electoral system.  Pending further consultations with the Guyana Elections Commission on its preparations, I also now announce my intention to hold Local Government Elections in the Second Quarter of next year, 2015”.

At his last press briefing on Friday, Opposition Leader David Granger said his party will support the AFC’s no confidence motion and national elections will take precedence over any local government elections.

SEE President’s Full Address to the Nation below 

(Filed: 4th November, 2014)

 

Address to the Nation by President Donald Ramotar  -4th November, 2014 

Fellow Guyanese,

I have decided to address you on the important matters of the convening of Parliament and Elections.

There are those who want to divide Guyana and take us back into the past. But the future belongs to all of us. And that future we are building every day, together.

The parliamentary recess has ended. That is why the National Assembly must resume its deliberations to address several very important matters that were on the Order Paper but not completed at the beginning of the recess as well as new matters. These matters will allow us, all our people, to build a better society and a more resilient economy.

In keeping with our traditions and a recent pledge, I now announce Monday, November 10th, 2014 as the date of the first post-recess sitting of the National Assembly.

Some of these matters before the National Assembly that hold the key to our future, include: –

1.     The Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Legislation and the repercussions of Guyana’s non-compliance on both the economy and the lives of our citizens;

2.     The Telecommunications Legislation with its intended Liberalisation of the Telecom Sector:

3.     The Education Bill and its sweeping overhaul of public education that lifts every child in Guyana:

4.     Financial Papers providing for  expenditure of Public Funds for development projects and improving the welfare of our people:

In addition to those matters is the timing of the much needed Local Government elections.

Fellow Guyanese, you are aware that the Opposition has tabled a motion of No Confidence against my Administration. If this is passed, it will lead to General Elections.

Further I have been advised that the Guyana Elections Commission will require six months to prepare for Local Government Elections under the new local Government electoral system.  Pending further consultations with the Guyana Elections Commission on its preparations, I also now announce my intention to hold Local Government Elections in the Second Quarter of next year, 2015.

I disclose these, my intentions, on the assumption that the post recess sittings of the National Assembly would proceed uninterruptedly, deliberating on the urgent matters I have listed in the interest of the people of Guyana.

I also wish to declare that were this not to be so, and I am provided with reasons to believe that the Parliamentary Opposition intends to disrupt Government’s business by forcing a debate on their No Confidence Motion, I resolve to respond immediately by exercising my Constitutional options to either Prorogue or Dissolve Parliament paving the way for holding of General Elections.

Fellow Guyanese,

Guyana deserves better than political games that serve to only benefit a select few while damaging the welfare of the people of Guyana.

Your Government remains committed to forging partnership and taking appropriate actions in the interest of the stability, unity and prosperity of our dear country.

The future of Guyana is bright, but all of our progress will be lost without a combined effort to move our country forward. 

Thank you.

 

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