By Saturday morning, the deadline had been extended to 11am. The day before, it should have been final at 2pm. On Saturday morning, what was everyone’s mind is best summed up as: will he? And then, if he did, what will it be? Now that it is Sunday, and given what the CEO of GECOM did yesterday and the rest that transpired since then, the only questions remaining are these four now merged into one: what next, to where and how and with whom? This is where we are as a paper, and as society, and what we forced to ask when nothing is organizationally or legally binding, nothing is relevant or applies to the coalition, and nothing will be responded to in any recognized conventional and civilized lines. This is the political and leadership barbarism that now resonates across Guyana’s elections horizon and its accompanying ruptured social and racial landscape.
We can roast Mr. Lowenfield as much as such delights on a slow-turned spit stirred to concentrated intensity. He is not budging, just look at where he is fastened irremovably. The CCJ pinned on him the deserving labels of acting “unilaterally” in an “unlawful validation exercise” through the “non-transparent and arbitrary.” Though those reveal the depths of his capriciousness and premeditated inclinations to criminality, the dogged CEO, like the Teflon man, gleams. He is not budging and that is the reality. So, what and to whom next, the leader of the land?
We can press as insistently as we please for besieged chairwoman, Ms. Claudette Singh, to declare a result. But if such is based on anything but a submitted and certified report from the CEO, it is guaranteed that the Coalition and its leadership will go the greatest lengths to question the validity and authority of such an action. Hence, the Coalition appears prepared to undermine and resist the power of any declaration, as based on such origins, to command movement on its part towards the expected conceding and relinquishing of office that should follow. That, too, is not happening. So, what next?
We can appeal to the known patriotism and once-believed principled nature of Mr. Granger, but as this is done, the names Pyrrhus and Scipio-one a king, both military generals-should be recalled and the history of how they dealt with those who opposed them be revisited. In the rawest terms, there is no victory that is too costly, no price that is too much to pay. Guyana’s President Granger-historian and military man to the deep soul, but now posturing as pristine and pious politician-is neither moved nor listening either. He, too, is not budging; and seems committed, like General Scipio, to sow with salt. The warnings of sanctions from the international community lack power as deterrents that urge reconsidering, bring pausing, encourage conceding.
On these, and every other component that stands against him, the president is not budging, also. Once again, who to and what next?
Our ostensibly learned judges have been dressed down in a public lecture by the CCJ, as to what the law really is about, and should come to represent when the scales hang in the most delicate of balances with regard to such issues as “validity” and what should or should not constitute a word as rudimentary as “more.”
But that, too, has resulted in the now unmoving disdains that characterize anything and everything to do about elections in this country. Thus, the local judiciary lies in tatters, and exposed for what it pretends not to be. And since that doorway is now sealed firmly shut, then what? To what and where next?
In this primitive and parochial Guyanese world, the speed of our electoral degradation is exceeded only by that of our moral decline. There is no interest in honoring laws, as our intents are anything but honorable, merely embody rank partisanship of the widest racial strain. Since, we are determined to go down the road of barbarism, then things jell to this fateful plain: Peter pays for Paul, and Paul pays for all. In view of our unheeding and unmoving circumstances, all are Paul. And all will have to pay whatever price is bargained for the scent of victory.
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