By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – APNU+AFC Presidential Candidate, David Granger has made it clear that he will not be participating in a Presidential debate in the run up to General and Regional elections on May 11.
The highly anticipated public square off between Granger and People’s Progressive Party/Civic Presidential Candidate, Donald Ramotar is effectively not going to take place given the APNU+AFC’s inert demand for a Prime Ministerial Debate.
Granger told reporters on Wednesday, April 29 that “I have consulted my colleagues…our participation in the Presidential debate is subject to a prior debate by the Prime Ministerial debate…that is what APNU and AFC have decided.”
He made it clear that unless there is a change in the stature of the PPP/C then there will be no Presidential debate.
The PPP/C had stated that it is wary of putting its Prime Ministerial Candidate Elisabeth Harper to confront APNU+AFC’s Moses Nagamootoo lest she be subject to “disrespectful and vile” attacks on the part of Nagamootoo.
Chairman of the Private Sector Commission (PSC), Ramesh Persaud had said he sees the need for a Prime Ministerial debate in the run up to the May 11 elections; however they cautioned that the Presidential Debate should not be premised on the hosting of such.
Persaud explained to iNews that anyone who is seeking a high election office should be inclined to a debate and present to the electoral reasons for that person to be elected. He said he is not cognizant of any reasons why a Prime Ministerial candidate would not be inclined to enter into a debate with his/her competitor.
Additionally, the United Kingdom envoy in Guyana expressed his hope for the Presidential debate, regardless if there is a Prime Ministerial debate.
During a meeting with members of the local media fraternity recently, British High Commissioner, James Gregory Quinn explained that the benefits are tremendous for both of the major political parties if the debate is undertaken.
He said it will help the key players in the upcoming May 11 general and regional elections share its plans if it is elected to office.