By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Chairman of the Private Sector Commission (PSC), Ramesh Persaud and President of the Guyana Manufacturing Services Association (GMSA), Clinton Williams have both said that they see the need for a Prime Ministerial debate in the run up to the May 11 elections; however they cautioned that the Presidential Debate should not be premised on the hosting of such.
Williams, speaking to iNews in a recent interview, pointed out that in the event the President is unable to perform his duties, it is the Prime Minister that ascends to the post therefore, it is only right that a debate between the two candidate manifest so that the electorate could hear from them.
“If in fact the Prime Minister is a heartbeat away from the Presidency, then it seems to make sense that the Prime Minister as well as the Presidency ought to present positions to the public,” said Williams.
Despite this position, Williams advised that if the preliminary considerations for the debate did not include a Prime Ministerial debate, it would be arbitrary for such a demand to now be foisted as conditionality for the Presidential debate.
Meanwhile, Persaud explained to iNews that anyone who is seeking a high election office should be inclined to a debate and present to the electoral reasons for that person to be elected. He said he is not cognizant of any reasons why a Prime Ministerial candidate would not be inclined to enter into a debate with his/her competitor.
“We believe that people who seek high offices, the debate is an opportunity for them to convince the public on why they should be elected…it is important that people who seek such high office present in some way form or the other issues with their competing candidates on why they should be elected…we don’t see no reason why they should not do it,” said Persaud.
He was however firm in his position that the Presidential debate should not dangle on the demand for a Prime Ministerial debate.
“I don’t think the Presidential debate should be premised on that, the Presidential debate they can agree to that and they can agree to a Prime Ministerial one. Both of them are high offices and they should partake in the debate,” the Private Sector Chairman lamented.