Guyanese to go to the polls next year – President Ramotar confirms

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By Kurt Campbell

President Donald Ramotar during the press conference today, Saturday December 06, 2015 at State House. [iNews' Photo]
President Donald Ramotar during the press conference today, Saturday December 06, 2015 at State House. [iNews’ Photo]
[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.

 

4 COMMENTS

  1. The opposition lack basic thinking. They had power for 5 years but cut it short in 3 years every day their supporters running from them.

  2. PPP have the next 4 months to nominate their leader and go to the election..
    I tell you guys this now..
    Its PPP going again with Ramotar as head of PPP they will win yes but expect the same in parliament..
    Expect the likes of Ramkarran Nagamoottoo Ramjattan to hate Ramotar and they will in turn feed the free independent press with their garbage knowing a man like baboon lall wont hesitate to print garbage…
    PPP have young bloods go for it now…Down with the old PPP men now..

    Plus Ramotar said from time to time he talk with the baboon lall wife..means money talking there..how much she donate to ppp..
    now this thing with the other lall that is pilot and flying with loads of US currency ..
    Ramotar in my opinion must step aside..Its not looking good on his part and hope the PPP learn their lesson not to take their main core support base for granted
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  3. Quote: “Mr. Ramotar said this will be his next step following a failed prorogation of Guyana’s Parliament on November 10”.

    How do you define a “failed prorogation”? These were not Ramotar’s words. The talks failed because the opposition was too shallow to pick up on Ramotar’s strategy. Facing a no-confidence motion is not good for any Government so Ramotar’s prorogation strategy was highly successful in avoiding this. There is no need to go back to the parliament and face any more debates. Ramotar and the PPP now have solid reasons for not doing so. If you don’t want to talk then you don’t want to talk whether its outside or inside. The opposition should’ve met with Ramotar, put up a story and make a case to go back to parliament. As it now stands the opposition are the ones who stupidly failed. What will Nagamootoo now do with his “no confidence” motion???. The only thing left, is for him to take it and shove it.

    The President will use the powers entrusted to him in the Constitution, dissolve parliament and call elections. The PPP/C will return with a majority.

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