By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] –The two parliamentary opposition parties – A Partnership for National Unity (APNUWhile) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) – have had a lot to say about the pending no confidence motion against the government; however, Cabinet is yet to discuss the motion despite meeting on a weekly basis.
Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon said no formal discussion on the motion has been conducted at the Cabinet level but maintains that the administration is ready for any eventuality of a successful passage.
Luncheon said other aspects of the motion were discussed but not the motion itself. The Cabinet Secretary for the last two weeks had promised that the motion will be discussed formally the next week.
“I’m sorry to disappoint but a discussion hasn’t happened, Cabinet did remind itself of various aspects of the motion but did not entertain a dedicated discussion to take place,” he added.
He said the administration is cognizant of the fact that a successful passage of the motion could lead to general and regional elections and recalled that both President Donald Ramotar and Party General Secretary Clement Rohee asserting the government’s readiness.
It was observed that the opposition political parties have been actively preparing for elections while the PPP continues to criticize the Guyana Election’s Commission (GECOM). When asked about whether the administration did not attach any seriousness to the motion, Luncheon reiterated that the administration was ready for any eventuality.
He did not comment on the likelihood of snap elections before the National Assembly would have had a chance to debate the motion.
The Alliance for Change has already submitted the Motion to the National Assembly to which the Speaker, Raphael Trotman has given the go ahead for a debate to take place.
It is not likely the motion will be debated until the end of the current two months recess on October 10, 2014.
According to Guyana’s constitution, the President and the Cabinet must resign with immediate effect, if the motion is passed in the National Assembly.
Once this is done, the Government has three months to remain in office and prepare for elections. President Donald Ramotar has already expressed his readiness for elections if the motion is passed.