Wednesday, September 21, 2011

APNU's hypocrisy in campaign financing exposed.

APNU's recent foray into the media resulted in a protracted lecture on campaign financing and accusations that the government is using state resources for campaign purposes which is all a lie. Presidential Advisor on Governance, Gail Teixeira, exposed this lie and the deceitfulness of this grouping.
Teixeira said such comments by the APNU is pure "grandstanding", since APNU, which includes the largest political opposition, the PNCR, has failed to attend most of the meetings of the Special Select Committee of the National Assembly on the political parties campaign financing.
The PNCR is represented on the committee by Basil Williams, Deborah Backer and Dr John Austin.
The report of the committee, which was distributed in parliament and it evealed that the three representatives of the PNCR, now APNU, have been absent from most of the committee meetings.
Of the seven meetings of the committee, between June 2, 2011, and September 6, 2011, Backer did not attend any, while Williams and Dr Austin attended just three.

Teixeira said that APNU missed many opportunities to raise its concerns regarding the campaign financing, whether deliberate or not, but now sees it fit to go to the media, hoping it will draw the sympathy of the electorate.
The report also showed that both Williams and Dr Austin were scheduled to make presentations on campaign financing models used in other parts of the world; but they were not there on the day set for the presentations.
According to the report, the committee agreed to formally write members of the main Opposition PNCR, seeking clarification as to whether its absence from the meeting was an indication of its non-attendance at subsequent meetings of the Committee, the report adds.
However the PNCR members, the report says, continue to absent themselves from the meeting.

According to Teixeira, the very party that is now asking for the issue of campaign financing to be dealt with before it signs the Guyana Elections Commission's (GECOM) Code of Conduct failed to utilise the opportunities to get clarifications and its concerns addressed at the level of the Special Select Committee.

According to the PPP Parliamentarian, who also chairs the Special Select Committee on Campaign Financing, the Opposition parties have always been delinquent in reporting their campaign financing.
“The only Political party that has been reporting on its campaign financing is the PPP/Civic, except for 2006, when no party reported” Teixeira said.

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