[www.inewsguyana.com] – Opposition Chief Whip and APNU’s Chief Scrutineer Amna Ally has lashed out at the ruling Peoples’ Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) for sidestepping announcements by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), signaling its readiness to hold Local Government Elections.
After an absence of Local Government Elections for the last 20 years and despite GECOM echoing its willingness to hold either local or general elections, the PPP/C says it is not satisfied with the keenness of work done so far.
This stance by the ruling Party was met with rejection by the Opposition Parties, the diplomatic community and other civil society groups.
In a statement issued at the weekend, three GECOM Commissioners: Dr. Keshav Mangal, Athmaram Mangar and Mohamood Shaw said that there are several operational issues of concern which needs to be addressed.
To this end, Ally said “In no less a person than the Chairman of GECOM intimated that GECOM was ready for local government elections, I don’t understand how the PPP and its Commissioners could come out saying GECOM is not ready.”
She added “I must submit that GECOM should be independent for the running of elections, it is not GECOM or my fault that the PPP is not ready.”
The Opposition Chief Whip said it is clear that the PPP does not want to hold LGE and as a consequence the ruling Party has been making a number of excuses to stymie that process.
“My view is that GECOM having said they are ready we must have local government elections, I believe that we ought to have local government elections, we want local government elections and we are calling for local government elections,” Aly stated.
She said there are too many things going wrong in several parts of the country and reasoned that there was need for better democracy at those levels.
Ally said her Party has done a lot of work in sensitizing people on the new local government system and is confident that the populace is ready for LGE too.
But despite these urgings and assurances the PPP/c continues to call on GECOM to ensure that proper and adequate mechanisms are in place so that every eligible voter is placed in their respective constituency list.