…. examines ways to create an emergency – Corbin
“The People’s National Congress Reform puts President Jagdeo and the PPP/C on notice that their sinister plan to remain in office beyond the Constitutional deadline will not succeed.”
This is according to Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition Robert Corbin who said that ever since September 2010, the PNCR had been acutely aware of the efforts by President Bharrat Jagdeo to find a way of remaining in Office beyond his Constitutional mandate.
Corbin said that Jagdeo sought three legal opinions on how the objective could be attained adding that one such was All the legal advice that he has obtained and which the PNCR has seen, according to Corbin have advised that it is neither legally nor constitutionally possible.
“The last opinion advised that unless there is a National emergency there is no way of delaying the General and Regional Elections…More details were later sought on how that emergency could be created.”
He said that the warped reasoning of the President and his men was that the elections were delayed in 1990 for two years and the PPP/C period in Office after the 1997 elections was cut short by one year.
“Consequently, the PPP/C should use all means at its disposal to regain this period under President Jagdeo since all efforts to achieve a third term in office have gained no support either within the PPP hierarchy or the wider society.”
Corbin said that it is in that context that Guyanese must analyse recent developments, including the trumped up treason charges against three Guyanese, the attempts to burn down the Enterprise Government school, the recent explosions and the unconscionable actions of dismantling the stalls around Stabroek Market, thus placing into jeopardy the livelihood of more than 400 Guyanese citizens struggling to eke out an existence in difficult circumstances.
Corbin posited that there is a deliberate attempt to create the atmosphere for the National Emergency.
Meanwhile Executive Member of the party and Member of Parliament, Amna Ally, lashed out at the decision to appoint the Guyana Elections Chairman Dr Steve Surujbally to head another constitutional office namely the position of Chairman of the new Guyana Livestock Development Authority.
She pointed out that, “No one can question the competence and qualification of Dr. Surujbally to perform as Chairman of this body, but it is known that the Constitutional provisions require him to refrain from other employment.”
Ally said that whether or not a distinction can be made between paid and unpaid employment is a matter for judicial interpretation.
“Indeed, this issue recently attracted the attention of the Court in the matter of Justice Prem Persaud being Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission and also being Chairman of another Constitutional Body”
She also questioned Dr Surujbally’s decision to accept the post saying that irrespective of the judicial interpretation, he ought to have known that 2011 is Election Year: “a year fraught with challenges for GECOM.”
She said that in such circumstances one must question the appropriateness of accepting such an appointment at this time in the “charged political environment of Guyana.”
According to Ally her party has noted inferences in the national newspaper that political parties were consulted and agreed to his acceptance of this post and said that, “The PNCR wishes to make it clear that it gave no such endorsement.”
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