Aug 05, 2020 Letters Comments Off on Much gratitude to Kaieteur News and Kaieteur Radio for electoral coverage
Please allow us space in your Kaieteur newspapers to voice the views of thousands of Guyanese at home and in the Diaspora.
The Electoral Impasse that lasted over 5 months came to a conclusion on August 2nd with the swearing in of Irfaan Ali as President. The views I am expressing are the views of persons from across the political divide, some praising you and some cursing you but we all agree on one thing – the Kaieteur Radio programmes Room 592 and Elections Watch contributed in no small way to the declaration of the Recount results.
Pre-Elections 2020, Mr. Gildarie had as guests, candidates from the political parties. Some feel that Mr. Granger was not handled the way you did Mr. Jagdeo or the other candidates in that he was not asked any hard questions, but the platform was available to the different parties, no partisanship.
Post-elections however, the gloves were off especially in Room 592. Indeed the truth was unleashed as Dr. Yog Mahadeo would say. We were receiving, blow by blow, the events as they were unfolding and the persons who were trying to stymie the declarations were being boxed in a corner with each guest and each program. Kaieteur Radio did more than all the other media houses, social media program and journalists put together with Room 592 and Elections watch.
More importantly, the guests in Room 592 ranged from the local politicians, including Mr. Ramjattan, Ms. Hughes, Mr. Hinds, Mr. Edghill, Mr. Jonas, Mr. Ramkarran, Dr. Kissoon, Dr. Ali, and Mr. Nandlall with constant updates from GECOM Commissioners from both sides of the table, Mr. Alexander and Mr. Gunraj in particular. The questions were hard, sometimes provocative and at other times allowed some space for the politicians to explain/justify their positions. More importantly, there were guests of international stature including Prime Minister Own Arthur, Sir Ron Sanders, Ms. Deborah Misir, Mr. Douglas Meurs, Mr. Peter Wickham, Mr. Orin Gordon, Mr. Anthony Astaphan SC and Mr Selwyn Pieters
These men and women of international repute contributed greatly to achieving the results we have achieved. Dr. Yog Mahadeo and Mr. Leonard Gildarie using the medium of the Kaieteur Radio kept the fire burning. They were relentless in the fight to restore democracy to this beautiful land of ours. Dr. Mahadeo in particular was sharp and tenacious in his interviewing, not letting anyone get away without answering the hard questions. Guyanese benefitted. Guyanese got to know how their politicians think and what are the international opinions on the Guyana situation.
The Mahadeo/Gildarie combination was the best. It is sad that the Elections watch program is stopped. It should have changed to cater for the current times. We need Kaieteur Radio to keep the current people in government straight, keep their feet to the fire. On behalf of all Guyanese, locally and in the diaspora, a huge ‘Thank You’ to Kaieteur Radio, Mr. Glen Lall, the staff at the radio station and most of all to Dr. Yog Mahadeo and Mr Leonard Gildarie. God bless you guys to continue the good fight for our Democracy!
Krish Kumar Singh
Editor’s Note. KN Radio and News appreciate the vote of confidence. While Elections Watch is finished with the elections, the time slot will now be allotted to focus in-depth on citizen and community concerns.
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