By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Incumbent President Donald Ramotar is confident that the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) will regain the majority at the upcoming elections on May 11, when the electorate will head to the polls to elect a new government.
During his appearance on the radio show ‘Hard Talk’ aired on 90.1 Love FM, the Head of State noted that the PPP/C will ensure the country’s developmental agenda continues.
Speaking about the contents of the Party’s manifesto, Ramotar noted that, “I think our manifesto is the most specific of document than the document that the APNU has brought out now…our document is a totally holistic document based on a vision of making our economy stronger; strengthen our social sector services, lifting the quality of life of the people and modernizing the economy and all of the policies there fit into that.”
Meanwhile, the President does not believe that former President Bharrat Jagdeo’s conduct leading up to the 2011 elections contributed to the poor performance of the Party losing for the first time since 1992 to a majority. Jagdeo continues to be blamed by many in this regard.
“I think there are many other reasons why we didn’t do as well as we should have done…I think people felt over confident, they felt how much we’ve achieved already as far as our government was concerned…many people didn’t vote because they thought we would have won. Our biggest problem was a level of over confidence by our supporters,” he explained to the host of the programme, Chris Chapwanya.
Responding to a question of whether the PPP/C is using the fear factor in this election, the President responded in surprise by asking: “Why would you ask such a question?”
Mr. Ramotar also responded to concerns that the Opposition is being militarized since a number of servicemen are a part of the coalition and the most recent was the endorsement by former Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, Rear Admiral, Gary Best.
“It is not healthy for persons who just resigned from military to join a political party… It is pointing to an unhealthy development into our body politic.”
Chapwanya then asked: “Had Gary Best endorsed PPP, would you accept him?
The President responded, “I was totally shocked at what he did because I think that cut across his professionalism…I don’t think he should have endorsed anyone. I would not have encouraged him. If he had announced that he was supporting the PPP/C, I would have been very shocked but what I can tell you, it would have been totally unsolicited.”