“Expose all efforts of dividing Guyanese ethnically”; politicians urge clean campaigning


By Jomo Paul

[www.inewsguyana.com] -As the date for General and Regional Elections draws closer and political parties intensify their elections campaigning activities, political representatives from the main political blocks are urging a clean campaign.

Vice Chairman of the Alliance For Change (AFC) and Prime Ministerial candidate for the A Partnership For National Unity (APNU) – AFC coalition, Moses Nagamootoo made the point that although Guyana has a diverse ethnic makeup it should not be subject to racially charged incidents.

Speaking on Hard Talk aired on 90.1 Love FM on Sunday February 22, Nagamootoo was adamant that in campaigning, politicians should not appeal to the prejudicial sides of persons.

Racial division has long since held firm ground in Guyana, but according to Nagamootoo Guyanese should take a page from the books of other Caribbean countries where racism is practically extinct.

According to him, instead of referring to the electorate as Indo-Guyanese or Afro-Guyanese, as is so commonly done, persons should be called Guyanese.

“We should live out the creed of who we are,” he said.

Meanwhile, member of the Central Executive Committee of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic and Minister of Health, Dr Bheri Ramsaran proffered similar remarks.

He said that the media has an important role to play during this period.

“We should expose all efforts of dividing Guyana ethnically,” said Dr Ramsaran.

The Health Minister said all efforts of dividing Guyana along ethnic lines should be exposed for what it is and dealt with.