May 18, 2020 Editorial
A kind conclusion would be that it is a game of blind man’s bluff. A harsher one would be that it is indicative of the mindlessness of a mob bent on fostering mischief. Like the rest of Guyana, we are still wondering, which is it, when all these clashing and bewildering statements are deposited into the public domain. Guyanese are struggling to cope amidst much gloom with the great challenges of the day, only to have to face an almost daily assault on the senses of one contradiction after the other from various senior people in the Coalition relative to Elections 2020.
Sometimes on the same platform on the same message and at the same time. It would be so much more helpful if they would spare time and effort to get their stories straight and so speak with a single voice on the same issues. They make fools of supporters (and any who listen to them anymore) and, in the process, make themselves look totally foolish. It might be better to have one spokesperson, or not to speak at all, if there is nothing uniform to offer. There is too much clutching at hairs, living on seesaws, and attempting unwisely to walk on water. We say unwisely, based on the embarrassing verbal acrobatics-unimpressive antics, that are delivered almost without interruption nearly daily.
As we look on at this, it is as if the Coalition has to respond like a sensitive tensioned-spring jack-in-the box to say something. All too frequently, that has come across as simply saying anything for the sake of saying something, and no more. This is perplexing at first blush, and ridiculing looked at more critically. One would think that there would be a concerted effort on the inside of the group to deliberate upon and finalize a clear and convincing message(s) on any and every aspect of the elections and then let that be the continuous and unswerving message(s) that is articulated before press and people.
Caretaker president, Mr. David Granger, has himself gone on record to share the simplest and most telling of statements. It is that whatever the results, as finalised by GECOM at the end of the current recount process, it will be accepted. On Sunday, he reiterated this stance that he will accept “any” declaration by GECOM. That is it: no long talk, no need for more running around to find interpreters and lip readers, regarding what he means.
Though some may see ulterior motives in Mr. Granger’s visit to the Arthur Chung Conference Centre on Sunday morning, we take the position that he should be commended for an act of needed statesmanship, which shows solidarity with the workers and teams at the Recount Centre. That is, as they expose themselves and their families to potential health risks, notwithstanding precautionary measures implemented and adhered to, he joins with them for a moment of encouragement. We need more of that here, and not only on things elections.
The president then went further when he voiced that “any” declaration will be accepted. That should be reassuring to all, be they political opponents, the GECOM staff, or the international community. It does not require any subtitles or any great insight and wisdom.
When a party leader and the nation’s president has gone before the Guyanese public, and in front of the whole world for that matter, to commit to acceptance of wherever the GECOM recount process terminates and whatever good or not so good news that it delivers, then that is the end of the story, the last of all discussions. He speaks for all in his consortium of political parties. It is that and nothing else from no one else. The man, the leader, has placed the sanctity of his word and his honour into the hottest part of the furnace, without any fear, any flinching, and what we think is any intention of retreating. That is gold bond and blue ribbon all rolled into one. He has spoken, and that alone stands.
All other messages from other members of the Coalition now pale into insignificance. What they have to say does not matter, does not count. The president’s word, as given, now speaks for them all.
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