‘You cannot give David Granger no one-seat majority’- Volda Lawrence to supporters
The APNU+AFC Coalition is urging its supporters to be vigilant at the March 2, 2020 elections and to give the incumbent Government more than a one-seat majority in Parliament.
“You cannot give [President] David Arthur no one seat majority, and the only way you can give him ten more on that 33 is to ensure everyone gets to the polling place and cast their vote,” Chairman of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNC/R) Volda Lawrence told hundreds of supporters at a public meeting at the Kitty Market Square, Georgetown on Sunday evening.
The PNC/R, led by President David Granger, is the largest party in the APNU.
The Government is vying for more than 33 seats in the 65-member National Assembly at the elections set for March 2, 2020.
The coalition was elected to office with a one-seat majority in May 2015. As such, it only took one crossover vote on December 21, 2018, on an Opposition piloted No-Confidence Motion to unseat the Government.
This year, the coalition is adamant that same must not recur. Lawrence further urged supporters to be vigilant at the close of polls.
The PNC/R chairman called on the supporters to revisit the polling stations at the close of voting to take photos of Statements of Poll which are posted at the venues by the Returning Officers of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).
“This is not a time for sleeping, they must not catch us sleeping on the job. At 6pm, you return to work at the places of polling and you will remain out there and let our staff inside know you’re out there,” she told those gathered.
She further noted that party members will follow the ballot boxes to GECOM.
“And then our nice strong men will be mobilized to follow that ballot box until it go into that container and the APNU+AFC padlock and chain is placed on that container. Joke ah joke but them vote, we nah mek none joke wid them so we are prepared to do what we say we’re going to do,” Lawrence said.
The rally, held in front of the now renovated Kitty Market, was also addressed by City Mayor, Ubraj Narine.
“This was a garbage city, today my comrades, we can see the city how it’s developing in different ways.”
Narine pointed out that the Government spent $17.7M on the Kitty Market, $32M on repairs at the Bourda Market, $39M at East Ruimveldt Market and $8.9M at the Albouystown Market.
He spoke of what the Government has done in the city and promised that if re-elected to office, the coalition will restore the dilapidated City Hall building.
The meeting was also addressed by Director of the Department of Public Information Imran Khan and Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan among others.