President insists Gov’t observing rule of interim administration

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President David Granger insists that his Government is observing the rules which govern an interim administration. He said as far as the executive branch is concerned, it is still functional.

“We are observing the rules and convention which govern Interim Administrations. So as far as the executive branch is concerned, we are still functional, we are still the government,” the President who is also the leader of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) told his party members at a General Council Meeting on Saturday.

The Caribbean Court of Justice on June 18 ruled that with the passage of the No Confidence motion, the government is now in caretaker mode. Given the ruling, the Chief Justice recently affirmed that elections are due by September 18, unless the National Assembly meets.

The Assembly is currently on recess and will not be out by that date unless an emergency sitting is called. In any case, the PPP has declared that it will not vote to support an extension. The Guyana Elections Commission is yet to determine the way forward.

The PNCR is the main partner in the Coalition.

On the matter of General and Regional elections, the Party Leader iterated that it was GECOM that have the responsibility to indicate to the President when it was ready to hold elections.

See full statement below:

The People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) held its General Council Meeting on Saturday 24th August 2019, at the Party Headquarters, Congress Place, Sophia.The General Council was chaired by Hon. Volda Lawrence, M.P., Chairperson of the PNCR. Ms. Lawrence welcomed the participants to the second meeting of General Council for 2019. She also led the General Council in a rousing welcome of His Excellency David Granger, Leader of the PNCR.

A section of the gathering at General Council

The feature address was delivered by Leader of the PNCR, H.E. David Granger President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. To loud applause, President Granger said, “when we (the Coalition) return to office after the next General and Regional elections, we will continue the work we started in 2015.”

 President Granger gave members of the General Council of the PNCR an overview of the current political situation in Guyana. Referring to the interim status of the government, the President said, “we are observing the rules and convention which govern Interim Administrations. So as far as the executive branch is concerned, we are still functional, we are still the government.” On the matter of General and Regional elections, the Party Leader iterated that it was GECOM that have the responsibility to indicate to the President when it was ready to hold elections. He further reminded that the Constitution mandated that; “the Commission shall exercise general direction and supervision over the registration of electors and administrative conduct of all elections of members of the National Assembly.” 

Party Chairperson, Hon. Volda Lawrence delivering welcome remarks to General Council

 He urged Party members to remain in campaign mode. President Granger said that Guyanese were looking to the PNCR for leadership. He said that over the past 62 years the Party (PNCR) had learned a lot of lessons; he said, “many of historical detractors have become partners, because the PNC believes in inclusionary government… we (the PNC) are prepared to sit down with our former adversaries and work for the good of this country. We welcome all parties into our government, as long as they are committed to the development of our people.”

 President Granger told the General Council that the next decade would be a decade of development. The President said, “We are entering a decade of development; it is not a dream.  Our decade of development must deliver a plan to transform Guyana, to deliver a good life for all, to give our children an opportunity to get off the streets and go to school; it must be a decade that gives young people jobs; it must be a decade in which rural and hinterland residents could enjoy similar access to public services.”

A section of the gathering at General Council

 Out lining his vision for the decade of development, the President said; “Our vision is of a prosperous Guyana, with enough for everyone… to create a society in which all our children and all our old-folks could find that, they have a place and will not be shunned to the periphery of society.” He said that there must be opportunity for all. “We must encourage our young people; people in the rural and hinterland communities to stick with our Party; our programme and our plan, to ensure that development is not for a few but for all” the President said.

President Ganger reminded his Party’s General Council that the Constitution of Guyana ensures free education for all. The President said that free education was an entitlement and his party and government would not waiver from that responsibility.  The President said that part of the plan for the decade of development was to provide housing for all Guyanese. He said, “during the decade of development there must be a roof over every head…. when we speak of housing for all, we are not speaking of an impossible dream.”

 Referring to the emerging petroleum sector, President Granger said that the proceeds would be used to re-energize the economy. The President said, “The new resource will bring profit to the Guyana people. We will set-up a sovereign wealth fund; we will ensure that the proceeds from that resource will benefit the whole people; we will ensure that it becomes the trigger, the platform for economic development.” He said that the proceeds from the petroleum sector would go towards ensuring education and employment for all.

Looking ahead to General and Regional elections, the President and Party Leader called on Guyanese to be vigilant. He said, “we have to build a more equal society. We cannot allow the agents of division to separate us.” The President warned, “these elections can be used as an instrument to separate our people; to divide our people and we must not allow that to happen.”

Reports for the last quarter were presented to General Council by the Campaign Managers of the ten administrative regions. A panel discussion on “The Way Forward” and plenary followed which also discussed the Leader’s address, the Chairman’s remarks and the house-to-house registration along with the Party’s preparations for elections.

The proceedings concluded with a summation and charge to General Council by His Excellency, President David Granger.

The General Council is the second highest decision-making forum of the Party and meet once every quarter.

 

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