By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Presidential Candidate for A Partnership For National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Brigadier David Granger may not avail himself to a debate being organised by the Private Sector Commission (PSC) between himself and President Donald Ramotar unless the same is afforded to the Prime Ministerial candidates of the two major contesting parties for the May 11 polls.
This disclosure was made at an APNU/AFC press conference on Friday April 10, by Working Peoples Alliance (WPA) Leader Dr Rupert Roopnaraine who explained that the coalition has requested that in addition to the Presidential Candidates being engaged in debate, the coalition would also like to see the Prime Ministerial Candidates in a debate.
“What I can tell you is that if we get an answer that says there will be no Prime Ministerial debate then we will have to reconsider our participation in the Presidential debate. I don’t rule it out but it would present a new situation,’ the WPA Leader explained.
Roopnaraine pointed out that the coalition believes that it is important that the Prime Ministerial candidates also face off in a debate, but said that it would not overshadow the importance of the Presidential candidates facing off.
“We want to ensure that the prime Ministerial candidates get a chance to express themselves,” Roopnaraine stated.
The Prime Ministerial Candidate of the Peoples Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Elisabeth Harper has been a career diplomat and the APNU/AFC’s Moses Nagamootoo has been a politician for a vast number of years.
President Donald Ramotar has already agreed to debate his presidential challenger on issues of policy and performance prior to the upcoming May 11, regional and general elections.
The President had said earlier that he was willing to debate his challenger for the Presidential Office but only if the debate was organized by his campaign team.