I refer to a letter by Mr. GHK Lall, “ Response to Mr. Sankat” which was meant to be a response to my letter of June 3rd requesting him to provide proof of his claims of “manipulations and massive cheating” by the PPPC.
Mr. Lall it is not “hardheaded” for any person with an objective mind to seek clarification or to question, in your case, public statements. All I did was to ask you provide readers with proof of your accusations of fraud committed by PPPC. May I remind you of one of the cardinal rules in any civilized debate is to not launch into personal ridicule as a form of argument. Furthermore, I am not aware of time limitation factors that apply in attempting to separate “wheat from chaff” Fear not Mr. Lall, in my response, I will not stoop to your level of discourse.
Editor, I was not expecting Mr. Lall to reference the OLE as proof of PPPC’s malfeasance. Since it is common knowledge that the claims and objections period preceding the elections was even extended to 49 days by GECOM. All contesting parties had fair opportunity to register their objections. It was GECOM’s responsibility to prepare and publish the final OLE for the 2020 elections. I must also remind Mr. Lall of the documented cases whereby hundreds of unfounded objections made by APNU/AFC were eventually rejected by GECOM.
Three months after election day, it appears that Mr. Lall still needs to be convinced (or admit) as to which political party attempted to committed fraud and even, at this late date, is still hell bent at disrupting the recount process.
Editor, many of us, hopefully Mr. Lall as well, are familiar with a similar claim made by Mr. Stanley Ming that the 2020 OLE was a “recipe for disaster” since it contained some 660,000 electorate when Guyana’s population is only 750,000. This claim, as well as Mr. Lall’s, has already been publicly debunked as “dishonestly conflating the two” by Mr. Christopher Ram in another newspaper.
I would also make reference, so readers can follow, to a more scholarly response to Mr. Ming’s statement (and Mr. Lall’s assertions) contained in a letter publish in your June 4th edition entitled “Death by a Thousand Cuts: How Stanley Ming’s Attempt to Cast Doubt on the Electoral System Tragically Failed”. I refer readers, also, to another letter published in your June 4th edition entitled “It’s not how many people are on the voters’ list but how many people voted.”
There could have been a million names of the 2020 OLE, at the end of the day only those who followed and subsequently, met GECOM’s rules of eligibility could have cast votes on election day.
Editor, finally, on Mr. Lall’s caution of impending doom. Yes, I am quite aware of the beast lurking. And I am quite cognizant of the fact that it is waiting for the recount to be completed. The question democratic mind Guyanese need ask themselves. To what lengths are we willing to go to stop it in its tracks. History awaits.
I leave readers with the following words of Nelson Mandela:
“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live in harmony and equal opportunities. It is an ideal for which I hope to live for and see realized. But, my lord, if it needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die for.”
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