Perpetuating falsehood about our political history
Vishnu Bisram’s letter, published in your paper’s May 18th edition under the caption ‘Indians did fight for right to vote’, seeks to perpetuate the PPP-peddled fiction that the PPP restored democracy to Guyana in 1992. Well, no PPP supporter has been able to credibly support this contestable claim.
The objective facts are that our present electoral framework was fashioned under and implemented by the PNC prior to the 1992 elections; our votes are being counted as cast, just as they were in the 1992 elections that brought the PPP to power; and our judiciary, ownership of private television stations and newspapers, and one radio station existed before the PPP regained power in 1992.
In light of the above facts, I challenge Vishnu Bisram to name one functioning major or minor recognized institutional underpinning of democracy that the PPP has implemented since it allegedly restored democracy to Guyana in 1992. And it must be one that did not exist under the PNC.
While I await his answer, I remind him that the PPP government had to be threatened with budget cuts to force it to give a definite time by which it will implement the constitutionally-mandated Public Procurement Commission, which is a democratic underpinning intended to assure transparency and accountability in governance.
I also remind Mr. Bisram that while the PPP hollered for the right for votes to be counted as cast here in Guyana, it was wholeheartedly supporting communist regimes that denied their fellow countrymen the right to form political parties and have their votes counted as cast. In fact, citizens in communist countries were forced to vote contrary to their will. Thus it was no surprise that communist parties were voted out of office following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
So I have one more challenge for Mr. Bisram: Prove that the PPP was truly committed to the suffrage outside of its narrow racial usefulness here in Guyana. Yes, I call upon Mr. Bisram to provide one piece of PPP writing that called for the right of people in communist countries to form political parties or to have their votes counted as cast.
By the way, I am not a supporter of the PNC. My only desire is for our nation to develop and prosper under a government that truly cares for our people. However, I will always, if deemed necessary, contest any attempt to perpetuate falsehood about the political history of our nation.