The fight in the PNCR is not limited to a disputed election it is about reform of the party
I refer to B. Beniprashad Rayman’s letter titled: “I challenge Mr. Harry Gill to deal with the central issues” in Kaieteur News of Septem,ber 19th. There is a fight going on in the PNCR for change: to reinvent the party, to give it multiracial appeal, to give it a new platform – so that the party can rise to the challenge of winning multiracial support, particularly Indian support. After all, Indians make up 50 percent of the electorate.
Now B. Beniprahad Rayman’s letter minimizes and reduces this fight to a single issue: the disputed elections. In fact Mr. Robert Corbin and his cohort of letter writers (D. Benn, Sonia Clarke, Winston Robinson, B. B. Rayman, A. Archer) all are holding out on the same line: defending the elections as valid.
The returning officer Mr. Harmon wrote his report and claimed it was valid. Does anybody expect Mr. Harmon to invalidate his own election?
Parties that lose an election always commission a study to figure out why they lost and how they can change course for the next election. Also the parties almost always replace the failed leader. So what about the study done after Mr. Corbin lost the election of 2006, receiving 50,000 fewer votes than the 2001 election?
That study definitely would have recommended a reorganisation of the party – to give it a multiracial appeal – so that it broadens its base of voter support. Is the party acting on and implementing the study’s recommendations?
Mr. Robert Corbin is leading this party to nowhere. As Mr. Gill says Mr. Corbin is leading the PNCR to the slaughter house.