Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, at an event over the weekend, has restated his party’s position, that is; there should be an international investigation launched into the false Statements of Poll (SoPs) which were allegedly in GECOM’s database moments before the 2015 General and Regional Elections results were declared.
Jagdeo who was at the time addressing hundreds of supporters at Babu Jaan, Port Mourant, Corentyne, Berbice at the observance of the death anniversary of the Party’s founding leader and late President, Dr Cheddi Berret Jagan said that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) will be moving to have election crimes punishable by law before the next Regional and General Elections in 2020.
“Before the next elections, we have to lobby for legislation to make elections crime punishable by law. We must have thorough legislation against [Guyana Elections Commission] GECOM officials who act fraudulently. GECOM has never taken any of its employees to court,” Jagdeo told the mammoth crowd.
“We have to push for an investigation into why the Returning Officer of Region Four [Demerara-Mahaica] shut her door so that the PPP could not submit its request for a recount. We must get answers as to why GECOM tried to strike out our elections petitions even though they were not a party to the elections. We must insist that all observers – including GECOM, international and the Private Sector – follow a protocol at the Local Government Elections,” Jagdeo told his supporters as he outlined some of the activities the Party would be involved in as it prepared to get back into office.
Meanwhile, the Opposition Leader told supporters that the Party lost the 2015 National Elections because of its own complacency, false promises by the Coalition and the message of corruption on the part of the then Government which was being preached.
He said the Party only looked good on paper going into the May elections, but was weak in terms of structure. Jagdeo said a post-mortem of the elections was done and proved that despite the lapses the Party had going into the elections, it should have been victorious.