By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Presidential Candidate of the APNU+AFC Coalition, Brigadier David Granger and his team are expecting to receive between 58 % – 62% of the votes on May 11 when Guyanese head to the polls.
At a news conference on Friday, May 08, the Presidential Candidate reminded that in 2011, the APNU and AFC were able to acquire 51% of the votes combined.
As such he noted that the coalition is now looking at an additional of 7% to 10% of the votes.
According to Granger, “there is a large uncommitted voter population, they are uncommitted. From the studies that we have seen and it is our view that we will be able to tap into that uncommitted voter population.
“People are appalled at the level of corruption of this country; people are appalled at the level of crime and failure of the PPP to deal with criminality, people are appalled at the level of cronyism which continues and the PPP seems to have lost any sense of objectivity.”
The Presidential Candidate noted that the ruling People’s Progressive Party is sliding towards a fall from power in the 2015 general and regional elections.
He said the Party has been in decline for several years as its “core” supporters deserted the Party in disgust.
“The PPP’s electoral performance has been declining over the past eighteen years. The PPP claimed 220, 667 votes in the controversial 1997 general and regional elections. Its tally fell to 210,013 in 2001. It then fell to 182,156 in 2006. It finally crashed to 166, 340 in 2011 when it lost its majority in the National Assembly to APNU and the AFC,” Granger told the news conference.
He further noted that Ramotar’s brief presidency has been plagued by a wave of angry public protests, highlighting protests on the coastland – from paddy farmers, public servants, university lecturers, human rights activists and other groups. There were also protests in hinterland communities – from the Indigenous people living there and in Bartica, Mabaruma, Mahdia, Lethem and Port Kaituma.
“The result is that the PPP is now facing a ‘tsunami’ of troubles which grows more threatening by the day,” the APNU+AFC Presidential Candidate said.