Before the East Indians could vote in British Guiana, the franchise was afforded to the Blacks, Coloureds, Europeans and Putagees. There was fierce canvassing of the votes. And each of these ethnic(tribal) group appealed to their OWN.
Before the East Indians immigrated from the plantations to the town, villages and city, prejudices were well entrenched in the society. The East Indians simply follow the pattern of ethnic identifications in the creation of the BGEIA. Similar to the LCP, the Marcus Garvey Organization for Universal Blacks association with Ethiopia, the Putagees and the Chinese.
It was always a call to vote for your own. It might have been give an Indian name when the East Indians participated into the already racially charged society.
We the East Indians, are culturally a different ethnic group. Definitely, not Euro-centric. And easily marked for discrimination. A human nature. Easily practiced among tribes of the same race of people, muchless in a society of six different races of people.
It is much more easier to legislate laws than the efforts of changing attitudes. Racism and prejudices will never be stamped out of societies. Not until Christ returns.