[www.inewsguyana.com] – The ruling Peoples Progressive Party Civic has devised a scheme aimed at delaying the holding of local government elections because they are afraid of losing.
This is the sentiment expressed by Leader of the Alliance for Change (AFC), Khemraj Ramjattan at a press conference earlier today.
“I honestly believe that the PPP and its President wants to delay local government election because if they’re to have local government elections now, it would be a poll on the PPP’s stewardship and they’re going to do massively badly in almost all the constituencies. That is our sentiment and that’s from our activists and agitators on the ground are saying and even PPP people are telling us and they would like this thing to take a longer time as possible at the Attorney General’s Chambers. They do not want local government elections,” Ramjattan said.
The AFC Leader recalled that the four local government Bills received the unanimous support of the PPP Parliamentarians.
“Why is it now the President doesn’t want it to be assented? Because he feels that once he assents to it, the GECOM would get into operation for readying itself for local government elections and when they’re going to be local government elections, the results of that election will prove to the world that the PPP has done even worse and a lot of people are walking away and/or will abstain from voting for that Party and that Party is very scared, that is why it does not want to assent to those Bills, that’s the inside information the Alliance for Chang has gotten. It is all of the scheming that in the next couple of months, things will look up for the PPP.”
The last local government elections were held approximately nineteen years ago. The four local government Bills were passed in the National Assembly on August 7. Government is claiming that the Bills need to be vetted first before being sent to the President for his assent.