PPP executive reaffirms support for Ramotar as Presidential Candidate; no word on PM Candidate


[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Central Executive Committee of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Thursday reaffirmed its support for President Donald Ramotar to return as the Presidential Candidate for the Party in the May 11 polls. 

The affirmation comes at a time when there is much public doubt with respect as to whether President Ramotar will lead the Party for a second time. 

A statement from the PPP said that at a meeting yesterday, Ramotar received the unanimous support of the Party’s executives. 

“The meeting unanimously endorsed the President Donald Ramotar as the Party’s Presidential Candidate,” the statement read.

According to the release, the meeting also made an assessment of Guyana’s current political climate and “came up with ways of positioning the party to win an absolute majority in the upcoming national and regional elections.”

It was noted that a considerable amount of the meeting dealt with ensuring that the Party’s elections machinery was well oiled.

The release stated that the “Central Committee heard and analysed reports from Party bodies on the ground and endorsed the strategies and approaches taken to ensure maximum turnout of party members and supporters on polling day.”

The meeting also came up with strategies to reach out to voters right across the political and ethnic spectrum and expressed full confidence in the Party’s mobilization capacity to bring home a convincing victory in the upcoming elections.

However, it should be noted that the release made no mention of a possible running mate for President Ramotar as nomination day slowly approaches. All political parties have up to 32 days before General and Regional Elections to submit its list of candidates for the polls.

Several names are being floated for the post and this includes Former President Bharrat Jagdeo.

More than 6,000 residents of Region 5 and 6 have petitioned the Central and Executive Committee of the PPP to have Jagdeo return as the Prime Ministerial Candidate on the Party’s ticket for the General and Regional elections.

Other names being floated for the post include, Foreign Affairs Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, Presidential Advisor on Governance Gail Teixeira and incumbent Prime Minister Samuel Hinds.