By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), Clement Rohee says the PPP has conducted a ‘clean’ elections campaign in the run up to General and Regional Elections scheduled for May 11.
Rohee made the announcement at a press conference on Wednesday, May 06 when questioned by iNews. The PPP General Secretary was at the time accusing the APNU+AFC coalition of employing scare tactics in its elections campaigning across the countries and particular in communities that have a diverse political support base.
When asked whether he believes the PPP has conducted a clean campaign, Rohee responded “I couldn’t see anything cleaner.”
This is despite the Party receiving criticisms for statements made on the campaign platform by Former President Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, Cabinet Secretary Dr Roger Luncheon and several other members of the hierarchy of the Party including Rohee himself.
According to Rohee, “the opposition – APNU+AFC alliance is using scare tactics to scare away our supporters from going out en masse to vote…they believe that if they are successful people will not go out to vote and the voting strength of the PPP will be reduced.”
He indicated that opposition elements are “pelting people’s homes and terrorizing them.”
“We want to also alert the foreign observers to the scare tactics which the opposition is resorting to,” said Rohee.
The Carter Center which is here observe the May 11 polls has already said it is deeply concerned about the provocative rhetoric in the campaign and condemns any attempt to sow fear and distrust among Guyana’s ethnic groups or to undermine confidence in its electoral process and institutions.
“It is imperative that political parties remain conscious of their obligations under the Political Party Code of Conduct for these elections and urge their supporters to behave accordingly…these elections are an important opportunity for Guyanese to strengthen their commitment to one another and further consolidate their democracy,” a release had noted.