…will see crossover votes by young, disenchanted voters – Ramjattan
The decision by the Peoples National Congress Reform to elect retired Brigadier David Granger as its Presidential Candidate will be advantageous to the Alliance for Change.
This is according to AFC’s Presidential Candidate Khemraj Ramjattan who said that his party is looking to attract disenchanted PNCR and Peoples Progressive Party Civic voters, especially the younger persons who are fed up of the current situation.
Ramjattan said that the voting bloc have recognised that the policies of the AFC are completely different from the other two parties both of which he said are responsible for the stymied growth in Guyana.
As it relates to the PNCR candidate, Ramjattan said that he did not want to be critical of Granger as a personality but said that the policies of the party are entrenched in the 1970s and 1980s a horrible period in Guyana history and young people want a different future for the country.
He said too that the PPP/C policies are embedded in the 1960s and this too will be the downfall for the party and this too will see crossover votes.
Ramjattan opined that young people are fed up with what is happening and want a change”
Ramjattan said that the AFC has demonstrated that it is an even more mature party in recognising what has to be done and is doing so.
He spoke to the identification of the Presidential and Prime Ministerial Candidates which was done by the membership of the AFC and not just the senior hierarchy.
While he did commend the PNCR for the process they used in identifying the Presidential Candidate, he noted that the same was not done for the Prime Ministerial Candidate.
As it relates to the PPP/C, he said that they are worse off as they are still too divided in identifying a process, pointing to the fact that some members of that party want to have secret ballot and others are against the process.
He stressed that the AFC’s policies are completely different from that of the other two main political parties and this will appeal to young people.
Granger reigned supreme on Saturday evening with a total of 279 votes. He was followed closely by former Finance Minister, Carl Greenidge, who secured 264 votes.
The other candidates were Attorney-at-law Basil Williams, who gained 88 votes, Attorney-at-law James Bond who secured 13 votes and Dr Faith Harding with 20 votes. There were reports of some spoiled ballots.
Greenidge was initially thought to be the winner after the first round of counting of the votes had concluded
That result was not readily accepted by some party members who even claimed that the count was not accurate.
As a result of the mixed emotions emanating from the packed Congress Place auditorium, a second count was requested.
And it was Granger who was the clear winner, a result which remained constant after a third count was made, causing a scene of jubilation among the greater section of those who anxiously awaited to hear the final result.
It was after consulting with the presidential nominees, all of whom agreed for a recount, that the third count was done and again Granger was declared the official Presidential Candidate.
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