By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Board Member of the social change non- governmental organization, Blue CAPS Michael Leonard strongly believes that the majority of the electorate, comprising of the youth population, will not vote along the race line at the upcoming general and regional elections scheduled for May 11, 2015.
As a matter of fact, Leonard says youths are tired of the race politics being promoted by politicians in order to win votes. During his appearance on the radio programme, ‘Hard Talk’ aired on 90.1 Love FM on Sunday, January 25, the Blue Caps member explained that the youth population are interested in voting for the Party that knows how to deal with the issues facing the country.
“When I hear it, it speaks about racism because we know that traditionally the PPP is an Indian supported Party whereas now the APNU is supported by African Guyanese and of course if AFC joins them they [PPP] might lose their Indian supporters.”
He believes Guyanese have moved passed the issue of racism.
“I am mixed, majority of us are mixed and the notion that we are still going to vote based on race, I think they are sadly mistaking… there is some saying that the young voters make up a very large percent of the population…I think that should be very troubling for some of the parties that are still betting on race,” Leonard said.
He based his views on frequent discussions the NGO has through its ‘Let’s Talk’ forum with civil society and those at the grass root levels.