December 31 2018

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by James Mc Allister

-The Will of the People Must Never be Treated Lightly

The APNU-AFC Government has a duty to the Guyanese people, and to our democracy to reject calls for its resignation, and continue in office. Let those who feel strongly about the no confidence motion take it up in court.

To contemplate that the will of the people could possibly be bought and sold for “thirty pieces of silver.” To think that a few men in a smoke- filled backroom could wager on our democracy; to note the many who are now prepared to turn a blind eye, it is to conclude that our democracy faces its greatest test and it is the duty of the government to stand as its protector.

A few days after the vote, Charrandass Persaud, in addressing speculations that there were corrupt inducements that determined his vote, asked the question, “What’s wrong with that?” Even in the face of Charrandass’ brazen question there is a curious case of lack of curiosity among those who have donned the cloak of pillars of society in Guyana. The Bar Association, the Trade Union Congress, and a former speaker are among those who have lost their curiosity. They are all seemingly unconcerned about the possibility of eating the fruit of the poisonous tree. They are apparently apathetic about how this precedent could corrupt our democracy beyond redemption.

Guyana is on the threshold of an oil economy. Financial titans, from foreign lands, will soon be walking among us. Imagine if we set a precedent whereby there are unaddressed speculations that parliamentarians can, or are being induced by money to decide on consequential national issues. Our democracy will no longer be in the hands of the electorate; it will be in the hands of foreign financial titans.

The government has a duty to protect us from this scenario.

Recently, many who are now speaking loudly questioned the right and authority of the president to unilaterally appoint the chairman of GECOM after the rejection of three lists submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo. On that occasion, the Constitution was as clear as day on the authority of the President, and yet they questioned his actions. Listening to them then gave us the impression that the most egregious and undemocratic acts were being perpetuated. The opposition took the issue to court and lost. They then lost their voices; not a single retraction of all the hurtful things they said.

These are the same people who are now calling on the government to demit office based on provisions which are far more vague. Is it 33 or 34 votes? Was he properly seated given his dual citizenship? Was his vote in itself disqualifying given the provisions of article 156 of the Constitution? Does the government have the right to bring a motion of confidence given that it has restored its majority and is in a position to govern effectively? These are all questions that must be answered and can only be properly answered by the courts. If the government resigns, what remedy would it have if the court subsequently rules in its favor? The only reasonable and practical course of action is for the government to continue pending determination by the courts.

The right of the people to elect their government is sacred and should never be treated lightly. In this matter, we must err on the side of caution, and caution lies with the people who voted to put this government in office. We cannot have a situation where a government loses its right to govern, even though the court determines that it has that right, because of a premature resignation.

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Django posted:

Don't hurry, the will of the people are foremost.

The Political Mafia who wants to grab some of the oil wealth from the people will loose.The backers of such move will have years to wipe their tears.

Guess APNU/AFC not interested in oil money ( roll eyes)....boy, you have bought into these crooks... hook, line and sinker

Ray posted:
Django posted:

Don't hurry, the will of the people are foremost.

The Political Mafia who wants to grab some of the oil wealth from the people will loose.The backers of such move will have years to wipe their tears.

Guess APNU/AFC not interested in oil money ( roll eyes)....boy, you have bought into these crooks... hook, line and sinker

No boy, they are being watched.

Django posted:

Don't hurry, the will of the people are foremost.

The Political Mafia who wants to grab some of the oil wealth from the people will loose.The backers of such move will have years to wipe their tears.

Django, why do you speak like the Coalition government has more rights to the oil? I am biased. You say you aren’t. Correct me where you see me wrong in thinking you are also.

Ramjattan made a strong argument yesterday. I am curious to see if Scotland buys it on Thursday. I am also curious to see how each side react after Scotland’s pronouncement. 

Nobody is telling the Coalition to shut up shop and go home. Jagdeo was very clear that they can continue to operate in a caretaker role but they cannot pass any initiatives or make any new disbursements. The Coalition government is behaving like bullies. Politicians are allowed to lie. Actually they would be in malpractice if they didn’t. How can someone post an op-Ed making unsubstantiated claims?

ksazma posted:
Django posted:

Don't hurry, the will of the people are foremost.

The Political Mafia who wants to grab some of the oil wealth from the people will loose.The backers of such move will have years to wipe their tears.

Django, why do you speak like the Coalition government has more rights to the oil? I am biased. You say you aren’t. Correct me where you see me wrong in thinking you are also.

Ramjattan made a strong argument yesterday. I am curious to see if Scotland buys it on Thursday. I am also curious to see how each side react after Scotland’s pronouncement. 

He speaks as though the oil wealth is going to the people. Since the discovery of oil, the PNC has made NO plan to share the wealth. To start the $18M bonus went hiding until they were caught. Django is a PNC in AFC clothing, they are paying his Stabroek News subscription.

Django posted:

OP-Ed: It is APNU+AFC govt’s duty to protect Guyana’s democracy

December 31 2018, Source, by James Mc Allister

-The Will of the People Must Never be Treated Lightly

The APNU-AFC Government has a duty to the Guyanese people, and to our democracy to reject calls for its resignation, and continue in office. Let those who feel strongly about the no confidence motion take it up in court.

Recently, many who are now speaking loudly questioned the right and authority of the president to unilaterally appoint the chairman of GECOM after the rejection of three lists submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo. On that occasion, the Constitution was as clear as day on the authority of the President, and yet they questioned his actions. Listening to them then gave us the impression that the most egregious and undemocratic acts were being perpetuated. The opposition took the issue to court and lost. They then lost their voices; not a single retraction of all the hurtful things they said.

The president disregarded the essence of the constitution on this matter and UNILATERALLY appointed the Chairman.

Succinct issues ...

1. Jagdeo submitted on three separate occasions, as required by the laws of Guyana, to the president for consideration.

2. As long as a list is submitted, the president can approve a chairman or reject the entire list and request another list from the Opposition Leader.

3. When Jagdeo submitted the third list, Granger rejected the list, did not request a new list from Jagdeo BUT unilaterally appointed a chairman.

Django posted:

OP-Ed: It is APNU+AFC govt’s duty to protect Guyana’s democracy

December 31 2018, Source, by James Mc Allister

-The Will of the People Must Never be Treated Lightly

The APNU-AFC Government has a duty to the Guyanese people, and to our democracy to reject calls for its resignation, and continue in office.

Let those who feel strongly about the no confidence motion take it up in court.

Perhaps, this individual does not know a very simple issue ..

33 is GREATER than 32.

The no-confidence vote was approved and the next step is for the government to tender its resignation; and as per the laws of Guyana; remain as a care-taker government withthe specific task to habe an election within three months.

ksazma posted:
Django posted:

Don't hurry, the will of the people are foremost.

The Political Mafia who wants to grab some of the oil wealth from the people will loose.The backers of such move will have years to wipe their tears.

Django, why do you speak like the Coalition government has more rights to the oil? I am biased. You say you aren’t. Correct me where you see me wrong in thinking you are also.

Ramjattan made a strong argument yesterday. I am curious to see if Scotland buys it on Thursday. I am also curious to see how each side react after Scotland’s pronouncement. 

For a moment I thought you were talking about Scotland Yard.

Demerara_Guy posted:
Django posted:

OP-Ed: It is APNU+AFC govt’s duty to protect Guyana’s democracy

December 31 2018, Source, by James Mc Allister

-The Will of the People Must Never be Treated Lightly

The APNU-AFC Government has a duty to the Guyanese people, and to our democracy to reject calls for its resignation, and continue in office. Let those who feel strongly about the no confidence motion take it up in court.

Recently, many who are now speaking loudly questioned the right and authority of the president to unilaterally appoint the chairman of GECOM after the rejection of three lists submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo. On that occasion, the Constitution was as clear as day on the authority of the President, and yet they questioned his actions. Listening to them then gave us the impression that the most egregious and undemocratic acts were being perpetuated. The opposition took the issue to court and lost. They then lost their voices; not a single retraction of all the hurtful things they said.

The president disregarded the essence of the constitution on this matter and UNILATERALLY appointed the Chairman.

Succinct issues ...

1. Jagdeo submitted on three separate occasions, as required by the laws of Guyana, to the president for consideration.

2. As long as a list is submitted, the president can approve a chairman or reject the entire list and request another list from the Opposition Leader.

3. When Jagdeo submitted the third list, Granger rejected the list, did not request a new list from Jagdeo BUT unilaterally appointed a chairman.

The courts ruled on this issue and they found that the president acted in accordance with the constitution. Take your essence and go make some custard.

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