PLEASE permit me a space in your newspaper to respond to a statement made by Mr. Mark Benschop during his radio broadcast (1:41:40) on May 19, 2020, where he stated: “that in 2011, the very PPP and now Opposition Leader asked the Carter Center to leave and not to partake in any elections, especially under the PPP and it’s ironic that the very PPP and their supporters are now protesting, calling for the return of Carter, in my opinion [the] partisan observers to return to the country to participate again.”
Editor, I wish to convey to readers that this is utterly untrue, and is a political gimmick to justify the actions of APNU+AFC, from their consistent refusal for the return of the Carter Center to observe the March 2 General and Regional Elections recount. Let me unequivocally say that in 2011, the Carter Center was never invited nor accredited, in the first place, to observe the 2011 General and Regional Elections, under Section (3) of the General Elections (Observers) Act. Therefore, the lie that the PPP told the figment of Mr. Benschop’s imagination to leave and not partake must be repelled immediately.
Mr. Benschop further accused the same Carter Center that deemed the 2015 General and Regional Elections as free, fair, and credible (for which the APNU+AFC was sworn the Government of Guyana) as being partisan. It is my opinion that anyone who dares to speak the truth against the daily atrocities of the APNU + AFC automatically becomes allied against the Government, hence it begs the question, why are we stuffing people’s mouth with cement? Also, another lie that could be deciphered right from the demeaning statement is that the PPP vowed to never have the Carter Center return under their Government when clearly the Carter Center returned for the 2015 General and Regional Election, from an invitation by Mr. Ramotar, after consultation with the then GECOM Chairperson.
Nevertheless, Editor, I must convey these words of Mr. Sanjeev Datadin to the Guyanese population that he said as a guest on Mr. Benschop radio and I hope they heed it sincerely, “[lies] will fall on fertile ears because there is some much distrust and hatred in Guyana, that people want to believe that and that they don’t want to accept the reality, and so you sell them a lie and they will go with that because it’s better than the reality.”
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