By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – President Donald Ramotar has announced that Guyanese will vote in early general and regional elections to elect a new government come next year – 2015.
Addressing members of the local media corps at his Main Street, Georgetown residence this afternoon, (December 06), Mr. Ramotar said this will be his next step following a failed prorogation of Guyana’s Parliament on November 10.
“We will go to elections,” he exclaimed.
The Head of State said he will confirm a date for those elections very early in 2015; explaining that it was in a bid not to disrupt the Christmas spirit.
The President reasoned that the objectives of the prorogation are lost with the Opposition refusing to engage the Executive in dialogue.
“The Opposition reacted disappointingly and rejected my decision as unconstitutional,” he added.
It seems all political Parties are in agreement that early general elections, which are not constitutionally due until November 2016, would break the current political gridlock.
Mr. Ramotar said he will consult with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on its readiness to hold these elections and have already written the international community signaling his intention to go to the polls.
The President said there was no guarantee that putting an end to the prorogation and returning to the 10th Parliament would allow for any meaningful dialogue, hence he decided to call elections instead of returning to a situation of no productivity and a debate on a No – Confidence Motion against his administration.
Ramotar, who heads a minority government, says he is no only confident of winning the next elections but is also sure of regaining his majority. On this note, he reasoned that Guyanese have learnt over the last three years from outcomes of having a majority opposition.
No doubt this decision by the President will be welcomed by the opposition Parties who in recent days had called on the President to set date for these elections.
It is a possibility that the announcement on the date could be made in the President’s New Year’s address.