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“Stop it in its track” Harmon advises if PPP disrupts local govt councils

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon addressing a community outreach meeting at Mocha, East Bank Demerara on Sunday, November 5, 2017

Political bickering between government and the opposition on Sunday appeared set to intensify, with Minister of State, Joseph Harmon calling on local government councils to resist attempts by People’s Progressive Party (PPP) council meetings to disrupt their meetings.

Addressing a community meeting at Mocha, as part of a countrywide outreach to explain President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and the stance being taken by the PPP,  Harmon vowed that “we are not backing down”.

He said the holding of placards and chanting of slogans at meetings of the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) and Regional Democratic Councils (RDCs) would not be tolerated.

“This level of disrespect showed in the  National Assembly, we are not accepting it. We will not accept it and that all I’m saying to you now at the level of the RDCs, NDCs and so on: just look out for that kind of behaviour and stop it. Stop it in its track. Do not allow that kind of behaviour to trickle down to anywhere else because lawlessness, disorderliness – we have no place for that in Guyana,” he said.

PPP parliamentarians last week Thursday raised placards and heckled President Granger as he was outlining his administration’s legislative agenda to the Parliament.

The State Minister said nothing must be done to damage the national pride that was heralded in with the APNU+AFC coalition’s electoral victory in May 2015.

Harmon said several steps are being taken to improve public infrastructure, water, housing and the security sector.

  • Emile_Mervin

    Parliament was not the place for what transpired last week, but if the PPP wants to protest with placards at public meetings, that’s different. Whatever transpires on the street is par for the course in political campaigning.

  • Repatriator

    “President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) ”
    What makes this appointment unilateral? Isn’t it a presidential function to make such an appointment?

  • brain dead idiot

    so no ppp supporter can’t hold up placards during any apnu afc meetings at the council even if it is outside the meeting place this is a laugh is he joking or is this for real what does he mean stop it in it’s tracks

  • Col123

    Folks seem to be on pins and needles…and rightly so…the economy is dead and folks are on a survival mode …something has to give..