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PPP worried birth certificates will be used to rig elections

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo addressing People's Progressive Party faithful at Babu John, Port Mourant, Corentyne.

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo addressing People’s Progressive Party faithful at Babu John, Port Mourant, Corentyne.

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo fears that the APNU+AFC-led coalition government plans to rig future elections by setting the stage to register thousands of underage persons.

Addressing hundreds of persons at Babu John, Port Mourant,  Corentyne on Sunday, March 6, 2016 in honour of late People’s Progressive Party founder-leader, Dr. Cheddi Jagan,  the Opposition Leader reasoned that the voters list could appear clean but the party needed to guard against padding with under-aged persons.

“Even if we have a clean registration and the fraudulent birth certificates -they give out 10,000 birth certificates through that ministry to underage people then those people will be registered and it’s stacked against us too,” he said.

Jagdeo suggested that the separation of births and deaths registration from the Ministry of Public Security
(previously the Ministry of Home Affairs) and putting it in the hands of the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Winston Felix was possibly part of a plan to register thousands of persons to meet voting age.

The major section of attendees at the PPP-organised event to commemorate the life and work the party's late founder leader and President of Guyana, Dr. Cheddi Jagan at Babu John, Port Mourant.

The major section of attendees at the PPP-organised event to commemorate the life and work the party’s late founder leader and President of Guyana, Dr. Cheddi Jagan at Babu John, Port Mourant.

The former Guyanese leader vowed that his party would fight for a fair system to recruit Presiding Officers and other elections personnel. “We have to fight to minimise the capricious behaviour of some of these presiding officers. We have to fight for a fairer system of the recruitment of presiding officers,”

Noting that the PPP’s request for public vetting of polling day staff ahead of last year’s general elections to weed out “hardcore APNU supporters,” was scuttled by the three pro-APNU commissioners and GECOM Chairman Dr. Steve Surujbally, he called for a transparent system of recruiting Presiding Officers and other officials.

“The integrity of the election has to do with the quality and the integrity of GECOM itself and therefore if ut does not have the integrity, if it is partisan in outlook, if it is instiutionally biased against the PPP then already we are going into sn election stacked against us,” he said.

The PPP also believes that it stands a greater chance of regaining central government power if there is electronic voting to prevent the stuffing of ballot boxes with left over ballots at the end of polling day. “We have to fight tooth and nail to get electronic voting in the system so that when you go there, there are no extra ballots in the afternoon to give out in numbers,” he said.

Other measures, he said,  the PPP would be clamouring for include making electoral fraud by ordinary citizens and GECOM officials before an elections an offence.

Jagdeo also called for GECOM to launch an international investigation about the fraudulent statements of poll that he said were designed to thwart the will of the people last yeat.

He also reiterated concerns that  the Returning Officers in Regions Four and Eight did not allow the PPPC’s requests for a recount.

  • Emile_Mervin

    Last year, on the campaign trail, Jagdeo scared PPP supporters into believing that if Granger became President that soldiers will go kicking down doors of these supporters. Almost one year later, it has not happened.

    Today, Jagdeo is spinning lies about 10,000 birth certificates being issued to persons below voting age and having them registered and sowing seeds of doubt about Gecom’s intentions to drive fear in his support base. The PPPs biggest boogeyman is not the coalition or Gecom; it is Blow Joe!

    Why can’t he spend time on the campaign trail painting a picture of what the PPP would do if it won? Is ethnic fear the only key he knows because the PPP has no economic vision for supporters or Guyanese, except a system based on corruption?

    PPP supporters need to ask Blow Joe how the PPP went from having a majority support base and control of the government to being in the Opposition. And before he could even spin a lie, they should tell him the answer is in his mirror.

    • Col123

      EM ..the guy is politicking ..the extremes of that is limitless ..I believe….in the meantime …Regent street is empty…and the economy is on auto pilot with indicators all over the place…

      • Emile_Mervin

        Regent Street is empty and the economy is on autopilot because the naked truth about the economy is now being made known: the informal economy featuring corrupt state funded projects and contracts, as well as gold, cocaine and fuel smuggling are under threat.

        It will take years before corruption is reduced to a tolerable nuisance level, but this reduction will hinge on Jagdeo being banished from politics. He is the spiraling exponent of state corruption.

        BTW, notice that Ramotar is calling for the government to release the remaining state audit reports? That’s not because he thinks they will exonerate the PPP, but will indict certain players who are part of the Jagdeo inner circle, thereby eroding Jagdeo’s hold on the party.

        I believe Ramotar wants to make a political comeback but Jagdeo is his greatest impediment.

        • Col123

          EM:”It will take years before corruption is reduced to a tolerable nuisance level, but this reduction will hinge on Jagdeo being banished from politics”….you will need a parachute to make that leap….and you are saying that the corruption continues….with gold, cocaine, fuel..after nine months with a new team?..it will take years???…is that an escape latch?……I read somewhere that those previous govt contracts were reviewed!…..I know that prices are up …period…earnings remain stagnant…except for a few…We need evidence from the audits…as reported by the President…speculation is for the liberal art folks…I will go further…for those who could not pass first semester science courses.. chemistry, physics..etc…