By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The two main Political Parties in Guyana have expressed much pleasure that former US President Jimmy carter will lead his mission to Guyana to observe local polls come May 11.
Speaking to iNews, Chief Whip of the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C), Gail Teixeira explained that the Carter Center and other invited missions will ensure democracy is sustained in Guyana.
“We are very pleased that Carter Center is coming, because we know they had short notice and so were very excited and happy that they are able to come to observe the elections,” Teixeira said.
She added that the mission has played a pivotal role in helping Guyana to conduct free and fair elections in 1992 which saw the People’s Progressive Party winning the elections.
“President Carter is a friend of Guyana and therefore his age is not my concern; he is coming with a delegation who will be the observers but he has a strong bond over the 25 years with our country and therefore I am sure he wants to make sure that democracy is maintained and sustained and not in any way undermined in these elections, so he has a personal interest I believe.”
When questioned whether the presence of the observer mission in Guyana after elections will help in the acceptance of results by political parties, she responded, “that’s a hard issue to address cause it depends. The Party that has the difficulty dealing with acceptance result is not the PPP/C and that is why we have asked the observers to stay after the elections for that period where historically we have had issues.”
Meanwhile, Leader of the Alliance for Change, Khemraj Ramjattan expressed similar sentiments of pleasure at the news that the former President Carter will be in Guyana.
“It’s a wonderful development that the Carter Center is coming back after having come here in 1992 and I fully support their presence in Guyana though it might be a smaller team and I am looking forward to working with them during the course of their scrutiny of all aspects to ensure free and fair elections in Guyana.”
He made it clear that the Opposition coalition will accept the election results. “We will definitely accept the elections once its free and fair and we believe that all of these observer teams that are coming in will ensure that it happens and on the night itself we will be able to know at a preliminary stage the winner and I am certain that there aren’t going to be any problem, I feel strongly that there aren’t going to be any problems because it will be a big win for the coalition, so I just hope that the PPP people them behave themselves.”