[www.inewsguyana.com] – President Donald Ramotar on Saturday rejected claims by the opposition, particularly A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) that he along with other Ministers was misusing state resources for elections campaigning.
When asked to respond to the accusations made by the Opposition last week, the President questioned whether his ministers are expected to abandon their government vehicles and walk.
“So what you want us to do, walk? You want the ministers to go and walk?” he said.
On Friday, Opposition Leader David Granger accused the governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP), including President Donald Ramotar of several breaches to the electoral practice among which is the use of state resources for its election campaign activities.
The Opposition Leader says a complaint has already been made to the Guyana Elections Commission but registered his fear that these complaints may not be investigated by the police accordingly under the stewardship of the sitting Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee who has oversight for the police force.
Granger accused the government too of fear mongering, race baiting and vote buying.
On this note, the President said “its absolute nonsense… that’s totally not true, they are fishing.” The President reasoned “I think they realize that they are losing ground and they are trying to find a way.”
The ruling Party has never denied that it has started its elections campaign in wake of early general and regional elections.
On Friday, Granger recalled when the India’s Prime Minister was charged for using state resources for political campaigning; saying that it is a breach of the code of elections in democratic countries.
Responding to the President’s recent political visit to Amerindian communities using army resources, Granger said “let him use his Party resources, if he is going as Minister of Defence or President of the country no one can prevent him but it is clear that the PPP is in campaign mode and has been brushing everything aside.”
Granger said the PPP has launched a dirty, divisive and dangerous campaign on the approach of general and regional elections.