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Names of APNU+AFC councillors submitted to GECOM without consultations; Political Scientists weigh in on issue

Even as President David Granger says he is preparing to hold talks with Leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Khemraj Ramjattan on the latter’s concerns that APNU has taken the majority of seats, the names of would-be councilors have been already submitted to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) by political parties and groups.

Two Political Scientists have since heaped criticism on A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) for failing to concern internally or externally with the AFC before the names of the persons who were identified to become coalition councilors were submitted to GECOM.

Repeated efforts to reach APNU electoral point-person, Amna Ally were futile.

Ramjattan and a senior official of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) told Demerara Waves Online News on Monday that they did not know that the list for the councilors representing APNU+AFC has been already submitted.

“We are not aware of the submission of any names. One would believe that in a coalition that at least you would be advised of the names that have been submitted; that there would be a gathering of party representatives and we look at the names and we decide who should go forward,” a WPA official told Demerara Waves on condition of anonymity.

Deputy Chief Elections Officer, Vishnu Persaud told Demerara Waves that the names for all local authority areas, including Georgetown, have been submitted. Sources said now that the names have been dispatched to GECOM, they could only be replaced if persons resign or die.

A disgruntled and upset AFC member said top officials of his party, who should have ensured that key coalition issues were addressed, have failed to do so but  now appear more concerned about the perks and privileges of ministerial offices.

Political Scientist, Freddie Kissoon argued that the APNU- which he said is basically the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR)- should have been consulted with the AFC although the latter party’s electoral fortunes have been dwindling. “Morally, you have to consult them because you did not go into the election as APNU or PNC and at all times moral politics should hold sway above pragmatic politics because the world revolves around moral obligations and given the risk of infighting that is too great, they should have consulted the AFC,” he told Demerara Waves Online News.

Like Kissoon, another Political Scientist, Dr. Henry Jeffrey said the PNC’s political directorate should also consider the moral arguments that the AFC should have been treated better because it contributed to the perception that led Guyanese to vote somewhat more for the coalition in the May 11, 2015 general elections that resulted in the removal of the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) from office for the first time in 23 years.

Jeffrey castigated select APNU persons selected who submitted the names of the would-be councilors to GECOM without consulting anyone. “It’s absurd, it’s disrespectful of all of the people in the coalition because you don’t know where the decision came from to send all these names….It is unacceptable in terms of our Guyanese political tradition,” he said. Jeffrey recalled that Granger is already on record as saying that he would make political parties less relevant.

However, Jeffrey believed that despite this latest bickering, the coalition would survive in office. “They are going to stay together largely because they want to stay in power and the other parties are too small to make any shake that can necessarily disrupt the coalition to go forward,” he said.

Meanwhile, President Granger told reporters on Sunday that he planned to meet with the AFC Leader to ascertain what his concerns were while noting that the coalition did not have a concrete accord. “On the part of the coalition, in my view we have not reached any agreement, understandings or protocols so I am not sure what the bases of the comments are. Mr. Ramjattan has not actually expressed a view. What the papers seems to be saying is that the other persons have expressed views but it would be premature for me to assume what his concerns are,” he said.

  • Col123

    So Freddie is a political scientist!…he sounds more like the guy who empties the septic tank …as he described Guyana as a “deep pit latrine”in one of his rantings… What does this mean?.the President stated that..”coalition did not have a concrete accord”..I thought that those things are noted on paper….and not concrete……and Dr Jeffrey “recalled that Granger is already on record as saying that he would make political parties less relevant”….Why can’t these folks just concentrate on running and developing the country?

    • Surujpaul Rampersaud

      You have given Freddie more credit than he deserves when you call him a ” political scientist” He needs to remember what his professors taught him. A good analyst starts from the middle, presents both sides then makes a conclusion. He has an axe to grind and just presents one side for the fanatics, his diehards to follow. His pieces deserves nothing more than an F

      • Col123

        I read Freddie for comedic value…his ranting and use of big words provides some laughter to my day..I agree that he has an axe to grind and believe that he is using his pedestal, to sustain his relevance in general…but the guy needs to make a living also…

        • Surujpaul Rampersaud

          Yes we all need to make a living but anyone who tries to do by mainly maligning others is truly a vagabone

  • Emile_Mervin

    I have taken a lot of heat for being openly critical of Granger and this coalition regime, but while I still prefer the coalition over a Jagdeo PPP at this point, it is not even about Jagdeo and the PPP.

    The coalition has been shooting itself in the foot and the blind loyalty of its hard core supporters is not helping the leadership do needed self-checks.

    I sense hubris overtaking the coalition, while the AFCs Nagamootoo and Ramjattan apoeared to have been sidelined and undermined. If elections are held this week, I will wager that more PPP supporters will show up and vote PPP than coalition supporters will show up and vote coalition. There is a growing sense of disappointment among coalition supporters.

    I AM DISAPPOINTED THE COALITION HAS SO SOON SQUANDERED THE POLITICAL CURRENCY VOTERS GAVE IT ON MAY 11, 2015.

    Granger is not the leader many thought he’d be after Jagdeo-Ramotar! In fact, he seems to have handed the reins to Harmon.

  • rudeo

    it is not a revelation that shark…pnc has swallowed up the sardine..afc……ramjattan is on record as saying that afc is dead meat if afc coalesced with pnc prior to may 11…..go lay down quietly and fade away afc….you are finished….ppp has its ethnic base sewn up….pnc back to its old tricks…..only thing it can do…..murphy’s law….the more things change the more they remain the same

    • Emile_Mervin

      Ramjattan was right about AFC being dead meat should it coalesce with APNU, but both AFC and APNU were also considered dead as meat after Ramotar prorogued Parliament rendering the combined opposition legally irrelevant.

      It was within that construct of being pushed from the big ship and placed together in a life boat on political high seas thar AFC and APNU had to come together to both survive and stop the PPP. Had there not been a political marriage between the two, Ramotar would still have been President with Jagdeo riding shotgun.

      What is now very revealing is that APNU kept screaming about Unity Government with the PPP, but its behavior towards the PPP does not inspire confidence it is a reliable partner.

  • Emile_Mervin

    I feel ya, Ed! I also share your belief that the coalition is protecting the PPP’s past shenanigans, despite the Herculean efforts by Kaieteur ,as a Fourth Estate member, to bring to the public’s attention the things the government refuses to tell the nation. Sometimes I tend to believe there are coalition elements who were in the PPP’s pocket of corruption, but especially when it comes to the Chinese who are blatantly corrupt. BTW, a Unity Government featuring the APNU/PNC and PPP would be a disaster for Guyana. Trust me.

    • eddie

      since when these two party care about the Guyanese interest , the action of the past government and the present action does not change the picture only the character ,,,,Sometimes I tend to believe there are coalition elements who were in the PPP’s pocket of corruption,,,,,,, I don’t think that an honest observation ITS A FACT they play the public with there division but support each other behind the scene;;;;;; peas and pods one cant function without the other

  • Emile_Mervin

    Find your faith or face your fate!

  • KassemB

    ‘the unity government will happen maybe a 40% share to the PPP’
    The Party that just got 28000 more vote than the combined Alliance at the recent LGE
    Your and Emile_M should stop dreaming

    • eddie

      I am not dreaming,,, when this happen you will shut the hell up because the PPP is only concern with themselves and never had the people interest at heart , as for your 28000 more vote how many of the main municipality do the PPP control maybe you should spin you trash with someone else that buy your short sighted garbage and don’t bring that crap to me as I said before and will say again for your benefit I am not party affiliated but an independent thinker “you should try it” and only have what is the best interest for the Guyanese people….. one food of thought for you does the PPP only have one bright boy in there party that jagdeo has to be there leader it just show how devoid of knowledge they are and that include you

  • Surujpaul Rampersaud

    I disagree that the PPP will come back with vengeance. If the PPP ever come back to power, it will be a party with a new vision. It is learning from its mistakes and the new blood taking over want to chart a new part. The problem with the PPP is that it spent too much time campaigning on twenty six years of PNC mismanagement. It forgot that most of the people voting in 2016 were too young to remember this. Currently the APNC AFC coalition is traversing the dangerous path. It is yielding to those with anti PPP hysteria and to party hacks while the country is left behind. Its actions is alienating a sizable portion of the Guyanese population thus strengthening the PPP camp. The government is yet to show that it is the government of the entire country and not just its voting block

  • Col123

    Eddie:…There will be no unity govt…..do not read into anything between the AFC and PNC. As long as Nagga and Ramjhaatee are living the good life with some power, lots of money, and the good life, they will not leave the PNC…when we get a fleet of planes for the Ministers…remember that I say that Naggamotto will get a jet for his personal use..these chaps are the golden eggs for the PNC…..and no…I am not a tarot card reader!.

    • eddie

      the PNC have no use for these two and the AFC they have accomplish these objective in getting in government Granger cant stand Naggy and for Raj he has to be quiet they have the photocopies of his taxes,, mark my word the will be a unity government between the PPP and PNC/APNU because that what the ABC countries want to lend legitimacy and they will be free to contest the general election as a separate entity !!!!!!!!!!! now do I think this is a good idea NO SIR and the people to blame for this is the AFC because if they had the interest of the country at heart they should have stayed as a single party and hold both of these two Parasite of a party to accountability but I guess the pull of power entice them especially Naggy!!!!! if you can honestly tell me that Naggy is functioning in his capacity as PM then I will just shut the hell up and I am so ignorant of Guyana politic

      • Col123

        Eddie…I bought some of your points…but they may be a little cheap… however…EM was right when he said that the PNC can tolerate and do business with Jagdeo et al more than Naggamoottoot…..I am not convinced at all about a unity govt….The only reason why there is oversight from the ABC is they do not want a failed state or ethnic violence..I will hold my position until we see any action from all the audits…I feel those chaps made enough money on the audits and it may or may not be an issue…we will see..

        • eddie

          the audit is complete and if you don’t know that by now well then you are behind in the game, this government will punish some people but there will only be the little guys they will pay the price, now that does not mean they don’t have anything on the big boy because they do but that the trump card they hold to forge the alliance. look the APNU know they cant win any election by themselves and wanted this split government and now is there chance to make it happen and if the PPP should win another election they will have to play a role in the welfare of this country and not as the opposition but part of the government and they should because there support base account for 38% of the country and the ABC countries think that the best solution but is the cast of character that have me worried there are all corrupt

          • Col123

            Eddie…thanks…I am aware that the govt is “reviewing ” the audits …and are “looking to foreign help to review “before taking legal action or to do whatever….the mood of the PNC supporters nationwide is not supportive of having anyone with PPP connections come any close to working with the govt….and you are right to be worried about the cast of characters…Two PPP big shots ?(Gopal and a Persaud) were recently touted for jobs with the govt…it was met with the same attack as this Tiwari…. The PPP was “bloodied ” by the govt pre and post election with regards to their tenure…forging a relation with the PPP will be a miracle for any inclusive or unity govt,

          • eddie

            the mood of the PPP supporter will be the same had the PPP entertain such idea when in power that the dynamic of the politic been played out in Guyana distrust for each race which the PNC and PPP is fully responsible for, but the wise leader Jagan of the PPP always advocate for this because his foresight was the PPP will never lose an election with such an arrangement but he was rebuff by his comrade just like how Granger is been stymie by the hard core in his party,,, hence the delay or should I say roadblock for the unity government but I think it will happen because of the external pressure … for the unity government it is not either of these parties call this is what is been forced upon them,,, do I think it will bear tangible result well that my hope because the interest of the Guyanese people is what is paramount but the distrust is so deep I think we will need an godly intervention and I do question myself with such pessimistic view but knowing Guyana politic I am just been forthright

          • Col123

            eddie.. you put a lot of thoughts with an open mind in your comments…:I appreciate it …it was clear and it is all we can hope for..

          • eddie

            it just blow my mind when we look around the world with people that had bigger problem than ours and can solved their and we cant find a common ground to resolved our problem,,, as much as we blame the PPP and PNC for putting us in this predicament we the people have to take a stand and vote both of these party out of the country and put a young party in there that does not carry all the animosity that we old people carry around and as much as we claim otherwise that a lie