[www.inewsguyana.com] – President Donald Ramotar in an acknowledgment letter has responded to Leader of the Opposition, David Granger’s ‘ultimatum’.
The President says before he can properly respond, he wants Granger to clarify what precisely is his Party’s position.
Granger in his letter had called on the President to issue the ‘Commencement Order’ to operationalise the Local Government Commission and to initiate a process by which the Local Government (Amendment) Bill could be returned for his assent.
The Opposition Leader has threatened that failure by the President to announce a date for the holding of local government election, on or before Monday, September 15, will result in lawful action being taken.
“We shall be obliged to take any lawful action to mobilise national and international support in defence of local democracy, the Constitution and the rights of the Guyanese people,” the Opposition Leader warned.
The Head of State said there was no need to remind him about upholding the Constitution of Guyana and about the importance of democracy.
“The track record of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic administration is one that has always defended, advocated and promoted constitutionality, the rule of law and democracy at every level in our country,” he said; adding that “I note your recognition of the fact that all matters relating to the fixing of the date for elections both local as well as national, remain within the preserve and prerogative of the Executive. However, I consider your views as important in our nation’s democratic equation. Unfortunately, the position represented in your letter and the positions expressed by your Party after my receipt of your letter are both ambiguous and contradictory.”