[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) of the Catholic Church has launched a campaign initiative to monitor the content of political speeches at the public meetings of political parties in the final stages of the run up to General and Regional elections on May 11.
According to a press statement from the Catholic Church, the purpose of the campaign monitoring initiative is to: increase public/Catholic participation in an important element of the democratic process, to identify infringements/breaches of the Party Code of Conduct, expected to be signed shortly and to deter inflammatory and reckless political campaign speeches in a sensitive period.
The Church regards the initiative as significant given recent developments in the political realm whereby effigies of APNU+AFC Presidential Candidate David Granger and APNU+AFC Prime Ministerial Candidate Moses Nagamootoo were mounted in Essequibo.
“This initiative is all the more important given the recent display of irresponsible, reckless and vulgar behaviour on the Essequibo Coast with lynched effigies of the Opposition’s Presidential and Prime Ministerial candidates being placed on a utility pole. Such crass public displays are highly inflammatory and insensitive during national elections and can only serve to stoke existing political and ethnic tensions,” the statement noted.
It was also highlighted that the Catholic Church is looking for representatives to aid in the conduct of the elections monitoring campaign. The release pointed out those volunteers will attend public meetings, fill out a prepared campaign monitoring form, and forward these to the Justice of Peace Commission for later analysis and public release.
Persons in volunteering are hereby invited to contact the JPC immediately at [email protected] for more information regarding the campaign.