CIOG concerned about nation’s stability, calls for election date


The Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG) has added its voice to the many calls made for President David Granger to name a date for general and regional elections.

A statement from Shahabudeen Ahmad, the President of the religious organisation on Tuesday highlighted what he described as the “current constitutional fracture following the passage of September 18, 2019 deadlines attributable to the CCJ’s ruling and the consequential orders that followed.”

“As a stakeholder, CIOG recognises the urgency for the announcement of an early election date, thus allowing the convening of regional and general elections.”

According to the CIOG, it remains an “apolitical observer” with its concern being “the stability of our nation.”

The religious body had also taken note that as a result of the “current constitutional vacuum, there exists across our country a fracture that needs mending immediately.”

“This fracture has a negative resultant effect to the socio-economic well-being of our people,” the CIOG noted in its statement.

As such, the organisation called on the President to adhere to the ruling of the CCJ and the adherence of the constitution.

The CIOG offered its support to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to ensure that elections are conducted expeditiously and “in the best interest of maintaining stability in our nation.”

President Granger will address the nation Wednesday night regarding general elections, more than nine months after his Government was toppled in a No Confidence motion that required elections in three months.

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