Wednesday, November 30, 2011

APNU should tell Guyanese people why PPP/C candidates had to be escorted out of some polling places

PPP/C candidate Kwame Mc Coy being threatened
by an APNU activist after visiting a polling station

THE People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) strongly rejected assertions by opposition coalition, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), that it is ‘seeking to disrupt the orderly counting of ballots in Region 4.’

“It is rather unfortunate that the PPP/C, in exercising its right to observe the counting process as are all other political parties, would be singled out in the ongoing misinformation campaign by APNU,” the PPP/C said in a statement released just after midnight last night.

“To the contrary, the general public should know that the APNU has been centrally directing small groups under its control to intimidate and pervert the constitutional rights of our candidates,” the PPP stated.
The party said it has evidence of such blatant acts which it intends to reveal at the opportune time.

According to the PPP/C, there were several instances, which are well documented, when the Guyana Police Force had to respond and quell attempts by groups of orchestrated APNU supporters who tried to disrupt the transparent process of counting at some places of poll.

“APNU should tell the Guyanese people why PPP/C candidates, who, along with others from Opposition parties were merely observing the counting process, had to be escorted out of some polling places,” the PPP/C stated.

Given these indisputable occurrences, it said APNU would be forced to admit that some of its supporters have indeed ‘frustrated’ this process. The PPP/C believes that these attempts were not mere coincidences but part of a sinister plan to derail the democratic process.

“The PPP/C takes this opportunity to once again commend the Guyanese people who have conducted themselves in a very responsible manner, save and except the sporadic attempts by the small, centrally directed groups by APNU,” the party said.

It alluded to the fact that International Observers have made preliminary announcements which confirm that the elections were conducted in a free and fair manner. “This further vindicates the maturity of Guyanese, who have rejected the venomous calls of violence at the urging of the APNU,” the PPP/C stated.
It said this rejection was further demonstrated by the fact that Guyanese continued their normal social activities during and after polling across the country.

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