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PPP supporters protest PM’s arrival at graduation ceremony

“Patterson as Gecom chairman cannot deliver!”. “Granger/ Moses can’t be trusted!”. “Granger wants to hijack Gecom!”. These are just some of the slogans while over 200 People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP) supporters uplifted placards and took to the streets earlier Thursday  as Guyana’s Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo made his way to deliver the feature address at the Corentyne Comprehensive Secondary School’s graduation ceremony.
The protesters, as the Prime Minister and his delegation made their way into the school at Port Mourant, chanted “Nagamootoo sell out the people”. Nagamootoo is a former long-standing PPP member alongside now late co-founders Cheddi and Janet Jagan.
Organizer of the peaceful protest, PPP Regional Head Zamal Hussein relayed that the protest is the first of many opposing President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) chairman, Retired Justice James Patterson.

PPP Region Six head, Zamal Hussein

Hussein told Demerara Waves Online that government should rescind the decision made noting that the PM colluded with A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) to appoint an “unfit” chairman to lead the elections commission.  “This is the just the starting here because we are concerned about the appointment of Patterson as the Gecom chairman and we are asking the President to rethink his decision”.

According to the party head, the Prime Minister should ‘speak out’ against the decision because it can severely affect the outcome of the next general elections.  “This is a recipe for high class rigging and we need to speak out against this. Of all the people that were submitted by the Opposition Leader, why did he choose an 84-year-old man to run GECOM”. Government has already retorted that Retired Major General, Norman Mc Lean- one of Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo’s 18 nominees who were rejected- is also in his 80s.
Hussein stressed that they will continue to protest the officials of the Government when they visit Region Six (East Berbice- Corentyne) until government reconsiders its decision.
Dark of night 
Meanwhile, protesters present told Demerara Waves Online News that the President sought to hijack the elections commission by unilaterally appointing an elderly man as the head. One protester, Vigily Motie, emphasised that the President chose the darkest night- Diwali-  to announce his decision, deemed a cowardly move. “He wait till the darkest night. Diwali night to say he appoint an old man to run Gecom. A proper list was submitted by Jagdeo (President) Granger did not chose someone from the list”.
Another protester, 81-year-old Barosah Singh mocked the President’s appointment and jokingly opined that since his age is suitable, he can apply for a position in Government.  “Me is a ah old man and is people like me dem putting fah run ministry and suh. Is best me go and apply fah one wuk deh since dem want old man wah near dead fah run GECOM”.
President David Granger has maintained that his appointment of Retired Justice James Patterson as Chairman of the country’s elections management authority is in keeping with his perception of “fit and proper”.
The PPP has since asked the High Court to quash Patterson’s appointment on several grounds including perceived political bias.
  • Emile_Mervin

    What kind of protest is this with 10 people? Demerarawaves, stop promoting hysteria. You’re better than this.

    • rudeo

      10 PPP supporters….9 more than 1

  • rudeo

    He shud a shame fuh guh deh….eeneemakaraam….Maka chode

    • Col123

      What’s maka chode?…is that Tamil?

      • itmickey

        Chode: socially impaired individual. Dont know what is maka

        • FDG

          Nope… that’s not it … get the ministry of social cohesion to have sessions in Hindi and you will know what it means ….

      • 1 TERM GOVENMENT !

        colon 69 = it is a spinoff from ‘ mata chod ‘ guyanese creolese = mudda fuc*er

        • Col123

          Wow!…thought I heard it all…that look like Indo creolese!

  • Col123

    Them Indos gat Naggie trembling…them darn sirens he keeps wailing could tick off even a priest…

    • itmickey

      Yep…presi dont do that…nuisance

  • Col123

    Naggarman promised them the gud life bro…and he now look like the evil and wicked one who manipulated them…suga ded!..

  • itmickey

    This conversation getting stale…poor retired Mr. Justice…a bunch of retirees protesting now…

  • pollard

    These very poor indos ,why stand in the sun to protest for those who are in AC buildings and sea side mansions, they did nothing for the poor ,just turn your heads behind and look at the community, no upgrading.

    • Col123

      Them Indos like to suffa boy…them seem to be doing a good job at it…it’s only a couple a dem!…you must really like them Indos boy!

  • Emile_Mervin

    Hahaha! I’ve been around print journalism too long to be fooled by you. Anytime a crowd picture is used to accompany a news story, it is either a panoramic view of hundreds or a close up of a handful. Three pictures were used in this story and none is panoramic. Go figure! If there were 200, then shoot a shot from above the crowd to capture magnitude.

  • Parbudin Mackanlall

    “Nagamootoo sell out the people”.
    So Jagdeo and his crew did not sell out the people by stealing the Pradoville II land, the Sanata Complex, the buildings in Duke Street, Kingston etc and by receiving kickbacks for shoddy work done across the spectrum of infrastructure projects. Or is it a case of if Jagdeo did it it must have been right because he can do no wrong.