By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Opposition, People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) has completed its list of 32 Parliamentarians, according to General Secretary, Clement Rohee; however it is yet to be submitted to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), where it has to be approved and then published in the gazette.
At the Party’s weekly press conference on Monday, June 29 Rohee refused to reveal the names of those chosen and will only state that it is a “colourful” list.
However, reports reaching iNews from top PPP officials indicate that former Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh; former Minister of Labour, Dr Nanda Gopaul; Former Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Robert Persaud and the PPP’s Prime Ministerial Candidate, Elisabeth Harper will not be in Parliament.
It is still unclear as to whether former President, Donald Ramotar will be on the list as a Parliamentarian but there are expected to be some fresh faces in the National Assembly from the various regions.
Meanwhile, Rohee indicated that former President, Bharrat Jagdeo has been tipped to be the leader of the Opposition but when questioned by iNews if Ramotar expressed dissatisfaction with this, Rohee said “I am not aware of that.”
“As I have said, time and time again, let’s await the reentry of the PPP into Parliament and then everything will be revealed. We have a package that we have to present; we have to present 32 members of Parliament, one of which will be the Opposition Leader, the Chief Whip and if it comes to that, the Deputy Speaker, mark my words.”
When questioned about the role of Ramotar in the PPP, Rohee said “He is almost on a daily basis at Freedom House, doing work that he considers important to him and the question of his presence of Parliament will be revealed.”
The PPP has already submitted its list of regional councilors to GECOM but Rohee could not say when the National list will be submitted or when the PPP will take its seats in Parliament.
The Party has already boycotted two sittings of the National Assembly.