Pick up your ID card. You must vote!
I have always maintained on this page, since I occupied space on it, that the PPP could have lost previous elections if that substantial percentage of South Georgetown absentees went to the ballot station.
The following statistical fact speaks volumes – only 68 percent of the electorate voted the last time. Bet your life that the large non-attendance came mainly from South Georgetown. Another dimension of this fact is that of that absentee 32 percent, most were PNC voters. Whether you like the PNC or not, the PNC is the chief victim of electoral apathy among South Georgetowners.
A PPP victory can only be secured in 2011 in two ways. Firstly, the convenient creation of ethnic violence designed to help the PPP. Unfortunately the opposition parties and the press have not kept alive the mystery of how a “terror” vehicle came from the Soesdyke/Linden Highway to Georgetown with gunmen creating mayhem, and found its way back to Linden, passing several police roadblocks at different points on the East Coast and East Bank Demerara.
To date, no media operative has pressed the Police Commissioner to explain how the vehicle ended up back where it came from the next day. Have the opposition forces documented this farce and send it to the embassies of the ABC countries in Guyana to warn them about the role convenient violence may play in the upcoming elections?
Notice how Ravi Dev selectively focuses on my writings but never on those sections of my columns in which incontrovertible facts are offered on the manifestations of state terror.
According to Dev, there is a narrative in Guyana that is taking place. It is dangerous. It is about US versus THEM. The THEM is the PPP and its Government who are being targeted by US (people like me, the opposition and other critics of the Government).
The ‘us’ is trying to create violence against an elected government through this violent narrative. Dev avoids the other narrative – a racist state that implements some of the most egregious policies that are mostly found in dictatorial regimes. Dev was at it again last Sunday. He is becoming a stuck record that plays a tune that is truly sickening.
On the question of the convenient creation of violence, I am not going to use scarce electricity by going on my computer all the time to reply to PPP propagandists. It is a waste of time, time that I simply cannot afford. The propagandists have their work to do; I have mine.
I refer to some incompetent PPP mandarin who wrote a nasty letter in the two independent dailies disputing an episode of artificial violence in relation to the Carifesta Secretariat. Who would believe that deadly gunmen would want to devastate the Carifesta Secretariat and threw two channa bombs at the fence?
Here are some facts to ponder before we go into the second reason why the PPP can win the elections.
One – the channa bombs came shortly after the PNC announced a boycott of Carifesta. Two – the Ministry of Health fire came soon after two of the most radical anti-government critics were arrested followed by demonstrations in front of the Brickdam lock-up and at a time when evidence in a New York court implicated the Government of Guyana in a narcotics scandal that will bring down this government probably next year.
Three – with talk of governmental complicity in heinous torture, particularly the bestial burning of a 14-year-old suspect, the “terror” vehicle from the Soesdyke/Linden highway emerged.
It should be mentioned that it wasn’t only this writer who reflected on these invented pyrotechnical flames. The Stabroek News editorial also did the same
The second reason the PPP will win is if the opposition forces do not do their work in getting out those South Georgetowners to pick up their ID cards and vote when election time comes around.
I saw Peter Ramsaroop being interviewed on television and he said that the Alliance For Change is ready for the battle. I hope so. There are thousands and thousands of South Georgetowners who, if they can be persuaded to vote because they do not normally vote, can save Guyana.
The PPP can then become history.
All indications are that the PPP will lose the next poll at the rate they are going. Nothing right is happening for this Government. Only invention of state-sponsored violence and opposition incompetence can save the PPP.
The final nail will be a combined opposition slate with credible figures. All dictatorships fall eventually. The one in Guyana is about to.