President accuses SN of being ‘political’ in call for local gov’t polls

President Donald Ramotar has accused Stabroek News of being “political” in its call for Local Government Elections (LGE).

“I see a major campaign and your paper has seemed to dropped all pretences of not being political because you seem, on your own, to be carrying out a strong political campaign there,” the President said in his response to a question from Strabroek News during a press conference on Saturday morning at State House.

Stabroek News has announced an initiative to press for local government elections which sees a message being carried daily on its front page.

Ramotar stated that he while he is in support of local government elections he would prefer to have a majority government before it is called.

“This is something I don’t want. I would prefer to go to the local government elections, but I can’t shut my eyes to the political reality that exists and make a bland promise that I will go to local government elections tomorrow as I would have done had we had the majority in the parliament at this point in time, and we would not have been in this position at this point and time”, he said.

He also pointed to the lack of passage of the anti-money laundering (AML) bill as a reason for the delay, hinting again that he would possibly have to go to early general elections if sanctions against Guyana for its failure to pass anti-money laundering legislation hits hard.

“It’s not that we don’t want local government elections but…there is a certain level of uncertainty. I don’t know what will happen if the impact of this anti-money laundering bill hits home very, very hard on our economy and whether we might have to go back and have another mandate I don’t know,” Ramotar asserted.

In an invited comment on the President’s remark, Stabroek News Editor-in-Chief Anand Persaud says the PPP/C government consistently tries to politicize positions it is uncomfortable with even if it is as fundamental as the right to have local government elections. He said that the President’s linking of LGE with the government’s minority status in Parliament and the AML shows that the government believes these to be more important than the right of Guyanese to vote in elections twenty years after the last one was held. Persaud said the newspaper will continue to play its part in pressing for the urgent holding of local government elections.

 

Latest in Local News

default placeholder

Canal No.1 man shot in robbery

The police in ‘D’ Division say they are investigating a shooting incident during a robbery which occurred at 0100h. today committed on Shamiran Tebonie, 36 years, of Dudley Park, Canal No.

default placeholder

Guyana Goldfields in deal to expand production

Gold production at the Canadian-owned Guyana Goldfields Inc (GGI) for the first half of this year has been estimated at 75,000 ounces and the company has entered an agreement to expand the capacity of its Aurora mine in Cuyuni/Mazaruni.

default placeholder

Stealth flight plane grounded in Anguilla

One of two planes that left Guyana illegally under the cover of darkness on Saturday has been given clearance to leave Anguilla and the other was grounded in the British overseas territory, Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson has said.

The remains of the home Satesh Jagmohan was occupying when tragedy struck

De Willem teen burns to death in house fire

A 19-year-old labourer perished in a mysterious fire which destroyed a two-bedroom house in the De Willem, West Coast Demerara (WCD) squatting area on Saturday night.

default placeholder

ExxonMobil set to drill more oil wells

American oil firm ExxonMobil will be drilling more wells after an appraisal well confirmed the presence of a significant deposit of oil in the location close to where the first well was drilled.

default placeholder

Implement anti-discrimination laws quickly – outgoing US Embassy Deputy

It is important that Guyana move quickly to enact anti-discrimination laws as discrimination and homophobia “is a very real problem” for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LBGT) community here, outgoing Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy here, Bryan Hunt has said.

Ishaan Caines

Coverden cop dies in Bamia accident

A police rank died on Saturday afternoon after he lost control of the car he was driving and it flipped over in the vicinity of the Bamia Creek on the Linden/Soesdyke highway.

A section of the gathering (Ministry of the Presidency photo)

Protected zones to be set up in all 10 regions

President David Granger on Friday said that protected areas will be established in all 10 regions of the country. The Ministry of the Presidency said in a release on Saturday that he was speaking at the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana’s (THAG) President’s Awards Ceremony 2016.

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: