Launch of Demo­cratic Na­tional Congress will be held soon

Stabroek News Sunday - - NEWS -

Dear Ed­i­tor,

My let­ters to the press have been un­der­pinned by the idea that an in­formed pop­u­la­tion makes bet­ter and more in­tel­li­gent de­ci­sions. Stabroek News has undis­put­edly con­trib­uted much to strength­en­ing Guyana’s demo­cratic sys­tems by fa­cil­i­tat­ing the re­lease of in­for­ma­tion to the public via its let­ters col­umn. In­deed, it can at­test to hav­ing its jour­nal­is­tic prin­ci­ples tested on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions by me. How­ever, it has been ex­treme in re­spect of its as­ser­tion that my let­ters which sub­mit­ted the con­sti­tu­tion and ob­jec­tives of the Demo­cratic Na­tional Congress (DNC) was an at­tempt to launch the DNC in its let­ters col­umns.

The let­ters col­umns of Guyana’s lo­cal press have in­creas­ingly be­come a sig­nif­i­cant source of rel­e­vant and use­ful in­for­ma­tion to the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion, and I would go so far as to say, shaped the out­come of the 2015 elec­tions. All ver­sions of my let­ter which de­tailed the con­sti­tu­tion and main ob­jec­tives of the Demo­cratic Na­tional Congress in fact con­sti­tuted a pre-re­lease of this in­for­ma­tion to the public, and sought to stim­u­late dis­cus­sion and di­a­logue on our pro­pos­als.

There can be lit­tle ques­tion that Guyana is cur­rently in a po­lit­i­cal cri­sis, where both of our ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties have failed abysmally to de­liver on our wel­fare and devel­op­men­tal needs, and both con­tinue to ap­peal to eth­nic groups, an ap­proach that has had ret­ro­grade con­se­quences in the past and prom­ises no dif­fer­ent go­ing for­ward. I submit that wait­ing to see what will most cer­tainly un­fold at the 2020 elec­tions is not the best op­tion. The Demo­cratic Na­tional Congress was cre­ated to re­spond to Guyana’s needs in our cur­rent sit­u­a­tion. In this re­spect, time is a valu­able com­mod­ity, thus the man­ner of dis­clo­sure of our con­sti­tu­tion and ob­jec­tives. For those who have not had the ben­e­fit of read­ing our dis­clo­sures in ei­ther of the other lo­cal news­pa­pers (‘Bring­ing Guyana into the 21st cen­tury’, & Apr 2, Apr 3), the of­fi­cial launch of Demo­cratic Na­tional Congress will be held soon. Yours faith­fully, Craig Sylvester, Party Leader DNC

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