Following is the full text of a statement issued this afternoon by Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo:
“I would like to extend my gratitude for the thousands of expressions of sympathy – cards, messages, phone calls, and the show of support during the wake that was held – as my family and I come to terms with the loss of my sister, Shanta. The many kind words from persons here and from abroad were of great comfort.
We deeply appreciate the words of condolence from the People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C), President David Granger and his Government, as well as the many dear friends and comrades who have stood with our family during this difficult time.
After completing my sister’s last rites, her ashes were immersed at the Unity foreshore today. She will be remembered for being someone who touched my life, as well as the lives of many persons around her, in a most profound way.
I also offer my apologies to the people of Wakenaam and Leguan, Region 3, communities in Region 4, as well Lethem and other communities, where meetings were scheduled. I had expected to engage the people of these communities on a number of issues affecting our country and our communities.
Tomorrow’s vote is an important one because the future of our communities is at stake and it is a chance for our people to support and participate in community-based democracy, and to elect the leaders who will work for their communities. I urge all Guyanese to turn out to the polls tomorrow and cast their vote. I am also urging employers to allow their employees the time off to be able to cast their votes. Our vote is a robust tool, which must be used to ensure the people receive the leadership they want.
Again, I express my sincere thanks for the support given over the last few days.”