Elections 2011 .. PPP/C List reflects good class balance, every strata in society
Thursday, 03 November 2011 02:07
Source - Guyana Chronicle
QUOTE: “I thought that our list was very well put together. It reflects the composition of our country in every regard, from the point of view of ethnicity, from the point of view of religious origin, it reflects the composition between youth and seniority, it reflects gender balance, it reflects a good class balance, since it has people from every strata in society. I think I am very happy with the list. It represents our country in a very good way.” - Donald Ramotar
PEOPLE’S Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Presidential Candidate, Donald Ramotar said, yesterday, that his party is willing to sign the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Code of Conduct for the November 28 polls and urged other parties to do the same, stating it is important for free and fair voting. Ramotar also said he is pleased with the progress of his party’s campaign, so far, indicating that it would be intensified as the elections draw nearer.
Mr. Ramotar was speaking at a breakfast meeting/interaction with senior members of the media at Herdmanston House, in Lamaha Street, Queenstown, Georgetown. He was accompanied by PPP/C 2011 Elections Campaign Manager, Mr. Robert Persaud, PPP/C member, Mr. Steve Ninvalle, and PPP/C media coordinator, Mr. Romel Roopnarine.
“I am pleased with the way our campaign is going. We have been attracting large crowds in every area we have gone. We have had some very good and successful meetings. I have just come back from Mabaruma yesterday (Tuesday) where we had a really good and huge meeting,” Ramotar reported.
He continued: “We are very happy with the responses that we have been getting in the various areas. I think we are running a very good campaign, very intense. Everyday we are all over the country and that will intensify as we go up to the elections itself.”
He mentioned the smooth conduct of the party’s presentation of its Candidates List on Nomination Day, pointing out that it was indicative of its efficiency.
“As you know, we presented our List of Candidates, which had no problems at the Elections Commission. It was the best prepared and presented list, so far. We were not called to correct anything. Our list was clear from the beginning and this is very good. It reflects the efficiency of my elections staff. I think every other political party had some problems with their list,” Ramotar posited.
The PPP General Secretary added: “I thought that our list was very well put together. It reflects the composition of our country in every regard, from the point of view of ethnicity, from the point of view of religious origin, it reflects the composition between youth and seniority, it reflects gender balance, it reflects a good class balance, since it has people from every strata in society. I think I am very happy with the list. It represents our country in a very good way.”
He went on: “As I have mentioned, from the very beginning of this campaign, our Manifesto will see me campaigning on two grounds, on the grounds of continuity and, at the same time, taking our country to other levels, with the direction more or less being the same.
“We have continuity in development in almost every sector, raising the level and developing new infrastructure to take our country to modernisation and higher levels of development. All of that is encompassed in our Manifesto.”
On the campaign, he said it is going extremely well. “The momentum has picked up as anticipated when the date of the elections was announced. Since then, we have gone into another gear and it has become more vigorous on all sides of the political divide.”
About an earlier manifesto promise surrounding the Amaila Falls Hydro Project, Ramotar said: “We had promised to work on hydropower before but we did not have the resources then. We have identified the resources now. I am confident that within another four, maximum five years, the Amaila Falls Hydro Power station will be in place.”
The PPP/C Presidential Candidate also said he is not worried about A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Presidential Candidate, David Granger’s attempts to denigrate such projects. “I am confident that we are going to have a hydro power station. It is very important for us to have one. It is very important to my mind for the future development of the country, for the creation of jobs and for adding value to many of the products that we already produce. I see it as a priority project and we will pursue it.”
Ramotar said it is possible that the Opposition is finding it very difficult to come up with alternatives to what is outlined in the PPP/C Manifesto. “Why else would they not put out a Manifesto,” he asked.
On the issue of the GECOM Code of Conduct for political parties, Ramotar said: “Our position remains the same. We are ready to sign the Code of Conduct anytime. We are for elections to be clean, free and fair and free from fear. If GECOM invites us to sign the Code of Conduct tomorrow, today, we will be ready to sign,” he said.
Ramotar stated: “We should not be troubling each other’s advertisements, posters and so forth. We don’t want to get into a poster war. I would like to urge the Opposition to let us have a clean elections and stop attacking [our people]. Only last night I got a call that they were tearing down our posters near to the Bank of Guyana. I would like to urge them to desist from doing that.”
Remarking on the departure of prominent figure Moses Nagamootoo, from the PPP, Ramotar said it is a fact that no political party likes to lose people.
“But Moses really has not been contributing to the work of our party for a very long time. Since he resigned as a minister to go and study, he has not done anything politically for the party. So we will not be affected by his departure. He has not been writing anything for us, or making any positive contribution to the work of the party and Government. I think he has really over exaggerated his importance.”
Ramotar also refuted Nagamootoo’s statement that the PPP/C was an undemocratic institution. “It has always been a democratic institution. Since I have been in the PPP/C, I have been involved in some of the most epic debates in the party...sometimes for days we have had debates in our party.”
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