[www.inewsguyana.com] – The majority of participants of the iNews poll believes that APNU’s member and Parliamentarian, Volda Lawrence did the right thing by not supporting budget cuts to the police force and Specialty Hospital.
During a week of voting, 60 percent of participants voted that Lawrence did the right thing by abstaining, while 37 percent did not agree and three percent were undecided.
Lawrence at the December 12 sitting of the National Assembly stunned the House by refusing to bite with her party against allocations for several sectors.
When the vote was taken, all APNU MPs voted ‘no’ while Lawrence remained quiet (abstained). She subsequently stated that she was too “ill” to vote.
Earlier when the vote was being taken for resources for the Specialty Hospital, Lawrence left the National Assembly in haste. Her departure saw both APNU and AFC losing the vote to deny the specialty hospital funds.
However, prior to this, Lawrence had voted with her party to refuse funding to the National Communications Network (NCN) and the Government Information Agency (GINA) both of whose allocations were reduced to $1 by the opposition during the 2013 consideration of estimates.
It was rumored that the ruling Peoples Progressive Party or members therein had offered Lawrence special considerations to break rank with her Party.
Subsequently PPP General Secretary Clement Rohee rejected such rumors.