Is PPP really a democratically elected Gov’t?
Kindly allow me to respond to Mr Vishnu BIsram’s letter, “ One can’t bully his or her way into governance when rejected by the voters,” (KN 05-20-11). Mr Bisram on several occasions referred to the PPP Government as a democratically elected one. I want to challenge that notion and to show that the regime was not elected in elections that were free and fair, and to show that it is a racially elected government.
I also want to expose the inherent hidden racism in Bisram’s letter. Before I start to do so I wish to point out the obvious sly deviousness of Mr Bisram’s letter.
In writing about Tacuma Ogunsesye and David Hinds, he acknowledged their contributions to the struggles in the 1970’s and 80’s but then he wrote, “ the struggle does not give them the right to advocate lawlessness and violence against an elected government.”
Here Bisram hides under the cloak of impartiality and fairness in order to state a blatant lie about Ogunseye and Hinds. His intention is to reinforce the PPP’s demonization of Ogunseye and Hinds.
I listened to Ogunseye’s speech on Demerara Waves and he did not call for lawlessness and violence. I now move onto the main purpose of my letter.
Mr Bisram, like Mr Ravi Dev, refers to the PPP regime as being democratically elected at free and fair elections. I would like to critically examine this
position by asking if the PPP is a democratic institution, and if Indo Guyanese were really free from fear.
One only has to look at the manner in which the PPP Presidential Candidate was imposed on the PPP membership and Indo Guyanese to see how undemocratic the PPP is.
PPP members were not allowed to elect their Candidate. They never heard from any of the presidential hopefuls of the PPP. Instead a 15-member Executive Committee “chose” Mr Donald Ramotar for the 2,000-odd members of the PPP. The PPP membership had no say in the matter.
This absence of democracy in the PPP is by itself an aberration of free and fair election at the national level.