Jul 13, 2020 Editorial
In view of what comes out of the bowels of the Guyana Elections Commission, we are now undeniably a country without a compass and, no matter how kindly considered, a society based on straw and sand. The world observes a chicken without a head, and that is the perfect picture of us, as a body of people. We flop about and float around, in what could similarly be the death throes of a society now reduced to sightlessness and mindlessness.
When the theatrics and acrobatics presented by one Mr. Keith Lowenfield are reviewed and analyzed, a few things become inarguable. To begin with, the CEO of GECOM has gone radioactive, since whatever he projects taint all who come near to the results of his calibrated but crude handiworks. They are so crude that they are more than craven; they are vulgar and criminal. For what Mr. Lowenfield has done is, in effect, to render GECOM unfunctional. Not surprisingly, he has powerful resources in the coalition’s commissioners, who prove true to task and calling, and absent themselves. And in the nonfunctional-at least, severely reduced and handicapped-operations of GECOM, there is a larger lesson for those in the nation, who still care about the bigger picture, the long view, and as all gleaned from and preceded by the lessons of our stormy history.
In the handcuffing and ball and chain attached to the forward movement of GECOM and its chairwoman (who, too, is embattled) and reducing it to the almost nonfunctional, it could serve as a precursor of making this entire country ungovernable. The besieged governor of GECOM looks increasingly marooned and isolated in the no man’s land of having to make hard and thankless electoral decisions. Any way she decides and concludes, the dam will burst, the bile will flow from the vile. This is our politics, what elections do to us, and how it poisons us and punishes us ceaselessly.
Can chairwoman Claudette Singh rise up authoritatively, stand up powerfully, gather up the shards determinedly, and speak up conclusively? We at this publication think that she can. Will she? Again, we submit, without qualification, that she must. She must put an end to this running around and going back and forth, which makes complete idiots of all of us, and transform us into the abjectly humiliated laughingstock of friends, foes, and even fools, who show that they are wiser than us. As a people, we have little by way of pride left, when our dignity is shattered, and the pieces left are trampled upon even then, through one indecency following on the heels of the other. We do not know of any group of people that can coexist, that can survive together, that can manage like this, given what we have been through, and continue to be subjected to with one electoral evil following the next. As we ask where this thing will end, we recall the recent prophesy of Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley: it will not end well.
Yet even as we share this, we also insist that the beginning of the end, rests with the retired judge, who must demonstrate how much she is about what is right, what is just, what is fair, and what is credible. Wherever that beginning leads to, whatever the end may be, let it be. Let it be now, today, this Monday.
We at this paper have no crystal ball, no Ouija board, we boast of no special ability to communicate with the dead or the divine. But what we do have is enough of the commonsense that enriches us when it tells us and all Guyanese that it is past the time to put an end to this damning and unending nonsense. Let the chips fall where they have to, and then let us go from there to wherever and whatever looms, to whatever has to be.
We are embarrassed and we are pained. And through our pain and embarrassment as people and nation, we are angry. We are angry at the barbarity and perversity of it all, this nightmare named elections. It must be done with and declared over. Chairwoman Singh: stand up and deliver: declare!
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