By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.cm] – General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C), Clement Rohee has made it pellucid that the Party will not contest the long overdue Local Government Elections (LGE) if Dr Steve Surujbally is still Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).
When asked about the issue at a press conference on Monday, June 15, Rohee said, “Not with Mr Surujbally. We’ve already called for Mr Surujbally’s resignation. We want Mr Surjubally’s resignation almost immediately.
After losing the May 11 general and regional elections to the APNU+AFC coalition, the PPP/C have accused Dr Surujbally and GECOM of working in collusion with the coalition to rig the elections.
The PPP has since mounted several protests, calling for the Chairman’s resignation. In a May 18 press statement, the PPP/C had expressed that it no longer has confidence in Dr Surujbally, who has been Chairman of the elections Body for approximately 10 years.
The PPP/C was unseated from 23 years of government by the APNU+AFC coalition but did not accept defeat, citing a flawed electoral process. Local government elections were last held in 1994.
It has been a contentious issue ever since, with the former PPP government being heavily criticized for not holding the elections, even though the former President had promised to do so.
The new government has since made the very promise to hold the elections sometime this year.