By Radha Motielall
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has filed several complaints with the Guyana Police Force of intimidation and of its candidates, supporters and potential polling stations.
PPP’s Assistant Election Agent for the Georgetown area, Gail Teixeira told a media conference on Friday, April 17 that the owner of a house that is a known place of poll during previous elections was intimidated and threatened that “no one will be allowed to vote” at the said location.
According to Teixeira, this occurred on Middle Road, La Penitence. The Party also reported to the police cases of covert and overt intimidation at public meetings by persons wearing and bearing APNU-AFC paraphernalia.
Teixeira said while the behaviour was witnessed on most occasions by the police, no effort was made by ranks present to control the intimidation and attacks being leveled at the Party candidates and supporters.
These cases of intimidation she said are escalating to the point where they are being forced to cancel public meetings, as was the case in Sophia. In one instance, she said a man was physically abused and had to seek medical attention.
Meanwhile, Freddie Kissoon and AFC leader Khemraj Ramjattan were also singled out for intimidation leveled against PPP candidate Charles Ramson Jnr.
Ramson told the media that while flagging an area along Sheriff Street, Kissoon and other rolled up in their vehicles and began a verbal abuse against him and other Party comrades.
The Party is now calling on the Police to pay heed to its concerns/reports and to do what is necessary to ensure an election that is free from fear and intimidation.
Teixeira is also calling on the opposition coalition to speak out against these behaviors of its supporters, adding that despite the ongoing situation, they have not once spoken out against it.