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Govt refutes PPP-Civic claims of reduced allocations to constitutional agencies

constallocations2016-2017The David Granger-led administration on Wednesday heaped scorn on the opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) for falsely peddling that funding has been cut to all the constitutional agencies to curtail their scrutiny of government’s programmes.

“The Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana rejects the baseless and false propaganda of the opposition PPP that the proposed financial allocations for constitutional commissions and agencies for 2017 have been maliciously reduced from the 2016 budgeted amounts,” said government three days after the PPPC levelled such a claim.

In a statement, the Department of Public Information said only the allocation to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has been cut because 2017 is not an election year. “The reason for the reduced allocation is completely logical and eminently sensible. Both 2015 and 2016 were election years. 2017 is not an election year. Therefore, it cannot be expected that the GECOM allocation for a non-election year would be greater than its budget for election years.”

The PPPC hopes that government will give more money to GECOM to finance house-to-house registration that is planned for next year.

Apart from the reduced allocation to GECOM, the administration said the budgeted amounts for the Public Service Appellate Tribunal and the Judicial Service Commission – the budgeted amounts for 2016 and 2017 “are exactly the same.”

In addressing the PPPC’s criticism about how the Finance Ministry arrived at an allocation of GYD$76.2 million to the Public Procurement Commission although the commissioners and the Public Accounts Committee have not met to discuss their needs, government said that amount is a provisional allocation “for the establishment of this agency.”

 

 

 

Stressing that the APNU+AFC-led government is recommending increases in the 2017 budget estimates for 12 of the 16 constitutional agencies, the opposition called on the  PPP “to act responsibly and to desist from willfully seeking to mislead the Guyanese public and using the constitutional agencies for political theatre.”

The coalition used the opportunity to slam the PPPC government under Presidents Bharrat Jagdeo and Donald Ramotar engaged in a “stubborn refusal” to give block amounts to bodies such as the judiciary, but that has since changed since the now more than one-year old administration was voted into office.

“The reason why the former government did not permit the independence of these agencies in keeping with the intention of the Guyana constitution, was clear and evident. The PPP government used finances as a weapon of manipulation of these bodies.

The Coalition Government is proud of its record of elevating the constitutional bodies to their status of financial autonomy, and for respecting the time-honoured principles of separation of power and the supremacy of the constitution,” the government said.

  • Emile_Mervin

    Even if there were reductions, which may not even be the case as evidenced by the budgetary comparative analysis provided in the news article, what exactly can Jagdeo and the PPP do to change anything? They don’t have the votes, so their protestation is trivial!

    • Col123

      EM: I am seeing two things…1- the PNC is in a hara-kiri mode with the economy….amongst others that can unite and move the country forward, and 2- the folks holding the purse have no qualms in encouraging the PNC..and in helping them destroy what’s left. The PPP is irrelevant on this and other challenges… trust the working Guyanese folks…the ones who will survive anywhere!..

  • BeFair_SeeClear

    I have always been a supporter of data …as the old saying goes data don’t lie …this lie perpetrated on the Guyanese Public was no mistake by the PPP…it was well intended with sinister intentions….