Throughout its history, the PPP/C has always maintained that it alone held governmental office in Guyana legitimately and that all other governments, before and since, were contrived and illegitimate and that it had a duty to expose, undermine, disrupt and dismantle such a government until it could return to power.
Former Presidents Ramotar and Jagdeo have been very clear that the PPP/C does not, and never did, recognize the current APNU+AFC government which they consider as having “seized power in May 2015” in a fraudulent election administered by a PPP/C government.
Having failed to prevent the loss of power in 2015, the PPP/C was energised last December by the action of former government M.P. Charrandass Persaud.
Persaud’s choice was not inspired by any obvious, publicly decried, governmental abuse or excess, or conflict with other branches of government, certainly none comparable with the massive governmental expenditures refused by parliament or the killings of unarmed citizens as occurred under the previous administration, and none were cited during the No Confidence Vote (NCV) which was clearly inspired by a lust for power.
Throughout this process, the PPP/C has demanded the resignation of the President and Cabinet and the dissolution of the National Assembly and it has severely criticized the decisions of the Courts and GECOM when they have failed their expectations and demands, while alleging, at the same time, that the government “is destroying and emasculating all of our more important state institutions”.
It has labelled the government illegal and has advocated for the imposition of regional and international condemnation and sanction. And while it has demanded the immediate holding of elections it has found numerous ways to frustrate, and delay, the preparations for those elections, the results of which they have clearly indicated they would not recognize or accept if it is unfavourable to them.
Former President Ramotar has declared that “without doubt, the PNC has put its rigging machinery in full swing” ostensibly because of GECOM’s decisions to first, conduct house to house registration and then to merge the data with the previous Register of Registrants.
Political commentator Freddie Kissoon is similarly minded; he sees a “tampered election coming up” based on his diagnosis of APNU+AFC possessing “a temperament of not wanting to give up power” evidenced by its refusal to resign following the passage of the NCV.
Earlier in May, he claimed to “believe the upcoming poll in Guyana will be tampered with by APNU+AFC” and that he sees “an improper general election where the West gets involved to bring about an APNU+AFC majority or APNU+AFC by itself rigs the poll”.
Both Mr. Ramotar and Mr. Kissoon claim to possess abilities to see into the future but have demonstrated no understanding of the recent past. In 2011, Donald Ramotar was elected with 48.60% of the vote and 32 seats in the 65-seat National Assembly. Four years later the PPP/C’s improvement was marginal (49.20% of the vote) even after the Official List of Electors (OLE) grew, inexplicably, by over 110,000 registrants or by 23%.
The 2015 OLE of 585,727 also appears to exceed the Guyana Bureau of Statistics Population Projections based on the Medium Variant Assumption for 2015 which projects 540,348 persons (19+ years old) and 610,391 persons (15+years old).
Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo has stated that there are legitimate reasons to believe that the OLE, last employed in the 2015 General and Regional Elections, is severely bloated and offers the opportunity for electoral advantage and fraud.
Former President Ramotar, on the other hand, has declared that this list, developed during his presidency, is clean and the PPP/C has rejected any suggestion that this list is padded and ought to be sanitized.
GECOM is in the process of arriving at a Preliminary List of Electors and advancing its preparations for elections. The PPP/C is aware that a likely gain of at least 7% by APNU+AFC over the 2015 electoral returns would spell disaster for their party, so it feels that it must continue to frustrate GECOM’s preparations for elections and to allege election rigging and fraud long before the elections are held.
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