By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) is standing by its Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Commissioners who recently issued a statement expressing concern over the Commission’s readiness to hold local government elections, according to the Party’s General Secretary, Clement Rohee.
Rohee maintains that GECOM has not done enough work in preparing for the elections despite a statement from GECOM last evening (July, 14), which reiterated its readiness; providing it is given all that is required by the constitution.
Rohee told iNews, “It’s ok for the commission to issue a statement about their level of readiness; I don’t think there ought to be any confusion, why should we be at one with GECOM at every stage of the process? It’s not necessary, we have our own views about the state of readiness.”
When asked if the Party trust GECOM, he responded: “It’s not a question of trust, it’s a question of what we understand is happening on the ground if we were to trust GECOM blindly or slavishly then we would not be doing our work as a political party, we have to do our work, we have to satisfy ourselves.”
He made it unequivocal that there will be no local government elections until the PPP has a level of “satisfaction” and until the “Commission’s accuracy is tested with the voters list by conducting house to house verification.”
Meanwhile, Rohee, in responding to A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Chief Whip, Amna Ally, said she is being misled by her Commissioner’s about GECOM’s readiness.
“She is barking up the wrong tree, she is obviously living in a world that doesn’t exist,” Rohee said.
Ally had lashed out at the Party for sidestepping announcements by GECOM, signaling its readiness to hold the Elections.
He deemed her comments regarding the Party’s readiness as a “bunch of foolishness”. When asked why he would disqualify the Opposition’s Commissioners confidence in GECOM to host the elections, Rohee said: “that’s their business, not mine. |We don’t run elections on the basis of APNU’s readiness or GECOM’s readiness. We contest elections based on our readiness.”
Rohee responded in the negative when he was asked if the Party’s position is unfair to all other stakeholders in society.
“Unfair to who? We can only be fair to ourselves. I have to look under the PPP aspect, it’s my Party that will either win or lose, not the diplomatic community, not GECOM and I don’t know about the APNU, it’s my Party that will win or lose and I have to make sure together with the other leaders and members of the PPP that we have a level of satisfaction.”