[www.inewsguyana.com] – The People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) has found issue with the three Technocratic Ministers under the APNU+AFC government, pointing out that they do not fit the criteria, given the fact that they are on the list of Candidates for the APNU+AFC.
Even though the PPP/C has decided to boycott the opening of the 11th session of Parliament, the Party in a press statement noted that Keith Scott, Sydney Allicock and Winston Felix should not be sworn in as Parliamentarians.
The PPP explained that they are all on the lists of candidates for Members of Parliament submitted to Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) by the Representative of the APNU+AFC Coalition list.
The PPP contends that articles 103 (3) and 105 of the Constitution and laws pronouncing on the eligibility of appointment of Technocratic Ministers do not confer Technocratic status on these three Ministers already sworn in by President David Granger as Ministers.
According to the PPP, Minister Allicock is listed on the APNU+AFC Geographic List of Candidates for Region 9 at number 1; however, the APNU+AFC Coalition did not win the geographic seat for that Region.
The Opposition Party also pointed out that Ministers Felix and Scott are listed on the APNU+AFC National Top Up list of Candidates at numbers 24 and 46 respectively.
“These views of the PPP have been shared with the Parliament Office. The PPP is urging that the Constitution and relevant laws be respected and calls on the Clerk of the National Assembly not to administer the Oath as Member of Parliament to these three persons.”
It should be noted that Technocratic Ministers should be chosen from persons outside of the list of candidates of the Party in power.