ERC, CIOG urge for peace after No-Confidence Vote


The Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) and the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG) are urging for peace and good sense to prevail among Guyanese following the motion of No-Confidence passed against the APNU+AFC Government on Friday last.

A statement from the ERC urged for “added sense of tolerance and respect for each other” as the pre-election activities commence.”

General and regional elections are expected within 90 days.

The ERC said it is cognizant of the potential for sensitivities to be heightened during this period.

Therefore, it urges that “the pronouncements and actions of all are not injurious to the process of fostering harmony and good relations.”

“This is vital to the sustenance of our democracy and presents an opportunity for us all to collectively rise to the challenge of placing first the welfare of our nation and its people,” the body said, as it further urges persons to “resist being overcome by emotions and to disallow the infusion of hatred.”

It lauded comments made by both the Government and the Opposition calling for peace and stability and for the carried motion not to be a reason for disruption.

Meanwhile, the CIOG called on citizens “to respect our maturing democracy.”

“Guyana belongs to all Guyanese, regardless of race, creed, or religion. Our country is on the cusp of a massive transformational economic and social trajectory that can only be undermined by a divided Guyana.”

“CIOG calls on all Guyanese to reject separatism and ethnic fear mongering for these would damage our country, harm our people, and benefit only economic mercenaries.

“As we progress through a turbulent political climate, CIOG categorically states that our politicians, citizens, and civil organizations have a moral and ethical responsibility to work together to safeguard our birthright, protect our democracy, and ensure the well-being of each and every Guyanese.”

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