One of the explanations from the leadership of the PNC, AFC – and certain people – about the government’s attitude to the no confidence motion (NCM), is absolutely stupid. Here is the most popular one going around from these quarters. The court is being asked to pronounce on whether or not the NCM is legitimate in the context of what the constitution defines.
With the exception of President Granger, all the deceivers in the PNC and AFC and in other quarters are advocating this position as if the Guyanese people are fools, and could easily be moulded to think like jackasses. The simplicity of what the PNC and AFC are doing is so graphic that a moron could understand it.
If you do not want to give up power, then you cry that the action is a violation of the constitution, and you run to the courts. That is what APNU and the AFC have done. They then turn around and speak to the nation in the following way – “the government believes that the NCM is a violation of the constitution, its results are not backed by the constitution, so we have the right to challenge it”. And so they challenged it, and they are still in power as a full regime and not as a caretaker administration.
Commonsense should now kick in. If you want to stay in power, go to the courts. Since the courts are yet to pronounce on the matter, why should the government resign? All this talk about right to test the matter in court, and the constitution is not clear, is gargantuan elephant dung. The motion was put before the House. It passed. The constitution is clear on that.
Those who support the government have indecently refused to put themselves into the minds of those who support the NCM. Why should anyone believe that APNU+AFC will accept the results of the next general elections, given the way their leaders are behaving over a legitimate constitutional verdict? At the time of the results of the next general poll, the government in power will be this very set of rulers.
So they lose. All they have to do is ask the court to declare the election null and void because grave violations occurred. They then say, we will not resign until the court pronounces. And they remain in power. This is a very plausible scenario. You have to put yourself in the place of others and ask yourself why people in Guyana should not hold to the belief that ANPU+AFC will not accept the results of the next general elections. Enter David Granger.
This is my interpretation of what David Granger said. My fear is that the dishonest men and women in both the PNC and AFC are going to put a miasmic twist to Granger’s words. By saying that the situation will be resolved when GECOM is ready to hold national elections, the President did not reject the legitimacy, legality and constitutionality of the NCM.
Every leader in the AFC and the PNC has openly embraced the unambiguous position that the NCM is not clear cut, there are grey areas and the courts must decide. David Granger did not take that position. By accepting that the next election could be held when GECOM is competent and prepared to arrange it, Granger to my mind has accepted that there could be elections before 2020.
Now a vital dimension is important to recognize in Granger’s emanation. He did not tie the implementation of the next general poll to the decisions of the courts. The semantics are not opaque. His language was specific. If GECOM is prepared to hold the next general election, then there will be one. There is no rider or footnote or caution.
So what happens next? All the leaders in the PNC and AFC who do not want to see a caretaker government will dismantle the logic in Granger’s emanation and put their usual nasty interpretation. The first one to emerge will be that the president recognizes the matter is in court and therefore the courts should pronounce. Secondly, we will hear by asserting that GECOM could hold the next election if it is ready does not mean that the president has recognized the legality of the NCM.
I am sure before this column is published, the television news and internet sites will quote Cabinet members as making the identical pronouncements as I have predicted above.
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