May 06, 2015 News
Given that it was unsuccessful in its efforts to organize debates between the Presidential and Prime Ministerial candidates of the two major political parties contesting the May 11th General Elections, the University of Guyana Students’ Society (UGSS) took an optional decision to organize a fora that would allow for interaction between representatives of the political parties contesting the elections and the student body.
The activity is expected to take place from Wednesday May 6th to Friday May 8th, 2015 at the University of Guyana’s main campus.
According to a statement issued by UGSS President Joshua Griffith, the exercise is being executed in the context of the critical role that young people, including University students, have to play in the exercise of electing a government to manage the country and the role which the UGSS has to play in providing students with the opportunity to directly engage representatives of those parties seeking to hold political office.
Griffith noted that three political groupings, the APNU-AFC coalition, the National Independent Party (NIP) and the United Force (TUF) have responded to the invitation.
The People’s Progressive Party/CIVIC, Griffith said, has however, declined the invitation citing as the reason what it deems to have been the unprofessional behaviour of individuals during a pre-elections forum held in 2011.
“The assurances given by the UGSS that it will strive to provide a convivial environment for its planned forum, appears to have made no difference to the PPP/C’s position. Those circumstances notwithstanding, and within the context of what is now the limited time available, the UGSS remains prepared to fully accommodate the PPP/C as a participant in these important discourses,” Griffith said.
In order to fulfill what it regards as an obligation to the student body, the UGSS has decided to provide a forum for those political parties that have accepted its invitation.
According to the schedule, on Wednesday, APNU+AFC coalition candidate Brigadier David Granger will engage students for one hour, between 18:00 hrs and 19:00 hrs. On Friday May 8th the Presidential Candidate for the National Independent Party (NIP) Saphier Husain will meet with students from 14:00 hrs to 15:00 hrs and at around 15:15 hours to 16:15 hours, on the same day, the Leader of The Independent Party (TIP) Mr. Mark Benschop will engage the student body.
“Both the United Force (TUF) and United Republican Party (URP) have indicated to the UGSS that they will confirm participation shortly,” the statement further outlined.
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