By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – As it calls for peace to prevail in the country, the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) is alleging that several of its polling agents were beaten, threatened and held ‘hostage’ at several locations on Monday evening.
Executive Member of the Party, former President Bharrat Jagdeo told a 2:30hrs news conference at Freedom House on Tuesday that there are people now living in fear of being harmed and as such it lays the blame solely at the feet of the APNU+AFC coalition.
“We have just managed to extract some of our polling agents from very sticky situations where they were threatened, they were fearful for their lives and some were even beaten,” Jagdeo said.
He noted that the Party’s members Priya Manickchand and Dharamkumar Seeraj were held hostage in the building at Belladrum in the Mahaica-Berbice by a “mob that was instigated.”
The former President also noted that the driver of Julian Burton was beaten in Paradise, East Coast Demerara and the vehicle was overturned in a canal.
“We had polling agents who were trapped there…people are fearful for their lives,” Jagdeo said.
He pointed to the unrest in several parts of Georgetown, noting that it was orchestrated to “undermine the integrity of the poll and to mar the entire elections process and the People’s Progressive Party lays the blame solely at the feet of the APNU+AFC coalition.”
The former President made reference to several statements made by APNU+AFC members, including its Presidential Candidate, David Granger and Raphael Trotman in the lead up to elections, which he said is responsible for the unrest in the capital city.
These issues he said were brought to the attention of the international observers in Guyana who are monitoring the elections.