“The Opposition’s demands to ensure the establishment of constitutionally mandated bodies and assent to Bills constitutionally required as conditions for passage of the Anti-money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Bill are not horse trading as the President is wont to articulate.”
This is the position of the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC), which yesterday called on President Donald Ramotar to avoid temptations to invoke reasons for not executing his constitutional responsibilities.
According to the GTUC, the President has a responsibility to respect and implement every element of the Guyana Constitution.
GTUC maintains that the Opposition to date has made no demands of the President that can be considered unofficial or requiring of him to surrender anything within his constitutional scope and responsibilities.
“The Opposition’s positions are grounded in what are mandated in the Constitution and passed in the National Assembly by the required simple majority, and in one case unanimously supported even though the Constitution made no such demand.”
GTUC suggests that political threats of early National and Regional Elections, even as excuses are being made not to hold the long overdue Local Government Elections, are not ways to resolve or address this country’s AML/CFT responsibility.
“Elections, be they National, Regional or Local, ought not to be used as swords over the nation’s head to avoid carrying out responsibilities within the remit of elected leaders.”
According to GTUC, the abuse of the people’s entrusted goodwill ought to cease, and the time may be now to legislate stipulated dates/day in the calendar for the holding of the elections.
“It will also give GECOM a fixed timetable to work with and avoid this institution too being held hostage to a political mindset that refuses to accept a modern political landscape.” The GTUC urged President Ramotar to remember he shoulders the burden of responsibility to ensure and protect this nation’s integrity and reputation.
“The AML/CFT Bill has to be passed, assented and implemented before Guyana can be removed from the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force’s (CFATF) Watch list/Blacklist.”
According to GTUC, “This nation’s interest would be best served if its Chief Public Servant remains mindful of his responsibility to the Oath of Office to bear true faith and allegiance to the People of Guyana and to faithfully execute the office of president without fear or favour, affection or ill will and that in the execution of the functions of that office he will honour, uphold and preserve the Constitution of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana.”
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