PPP pro­ceeds on pol­icy of Protest

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out­reach and com­mu­nity meet­ings have been co­or­di­nated in keep­ing with the Peo­ple’s Pro­gres­sive Party’s prin­ci­pled line in terms of de­mand­ing the re­scind­ing of the uni­lat­eral ap­point­ment of ret’d judge James Pat­ter­son as chair­man of the Guyana Elec­tions Com­mis­sion by Pres­i­dent David Granger.

Week­end Mir­ror was re­li­ably up­dated in terms of a most op­tional pro­gramme given the ap­proach­ing end of year and Xmas/New Year sea­son.

At the level of the Ge­orge­town Mayor and Town Coun­cil­lors (M&CC) the pro­ce­dure has taken the form of press­ing and ar­tic­u­lat­ing the need for a demo­cratic, trans­par­ent and par­lia­men­tary ‘checks and bal­ances’ sys­tem at the level of de­ci­sion mak­ing.

APNU AFC at­tempts to vi­o­late Ac­count­abil­ity

It would be re­called that some weeks ago a num­ber of low in­come fam­i­lies ex­pe­ri­enced a brush with the Ge­orge­town City Coun­cil over the prob­lem of il­le­gal con­struc­tion of dwellings on the land deemed re­serves.

These cit­i­zens had erected struc­tures at ‘A’ Field Sophia as well as ‘B’ Field to a lesser ex­tent.

PPP City Coun­cil­lor Bis­ram Kup­pen vis­ited the lo­ca­tion and learnt of the prob­lem these per­sons were hav­ing; the liv­ing con­di­tions as well as al­ter­na­tives over the next months into 2018.

As far as it is known none of the APNU-PNC sube­lite chose to in­ter­act with these un­for­tu­nate Guyanese de­spite the fact that the head­quar­ters of the PNC ‘Big Peo­ple’ is a stone’s throw away at Sophia ‘com­plex’ where the ‘direc­torate’ headed by At­tor­ney Gen­eral Basil Wil­liams and M/ss Amma Ally ex­er­cise ex­ec­u­tive author­ity; that is, within the PNC hi­er­ar­chy.

May­oral Elec­tions – the PPP Per­spec­tive

Just over a week ago it was re­ported that Cen­tral Govern­ment had ap­proved of a bail out to­tal­ing more than $300m to be made to­wards the Ge­orge­town City Coun­cil.

This would en­able the fi­nan­cial obli­ga­tions that the Coun­cil has to Pu­ran’s Brothers and oth­ers (Cevon) for ser­vices ren­dered to be met.

This an­nounce­ment came from the of­fice of Min­is­ter in the Pres­i­dency Joseph Har­mon.

Mean­while, in terms of sched­ule May­oral Elec­tions are due by De­cem­ber 28/29 of this year.

PPP Coun­cil­lors Kup­pen and Khame Sharma have ar­tic­u­lated the po­si­tion that is clear in terms of the ‘le­git­i­macy’ of the May­oral re­mit.

At the same time the fol­low­ing con­cerns have been high­lighted.

These po­si­tions are not new. Since the in­stal­la­tion of the City Coun­cil in the post Hamili­ton Greene sit­u­a­tion there have been nu­mer­ous calls for crit­i­cal is­sues to be de­lib­er­ated and ad­judged by se­cret bal­lot in­stead of the tra­di­tional show of hands.

APNU- PNC prac­tices over the years and pre­dat­ing the elec­tion of M/ss Chase Greene had un­der­mined a free demo­cratic process where Coun­cil­lors can ex­er­cise se­cret bal­lot­ing (vot­ing).

Ad­di­tion­ally, the PPP is sup­port­ive of con­sen­sus build­ing that would em­power all the elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Coun­cil in­clud­ing Coun­cil­lors un­af­fil­i­ated to the var­i­ous par­lia­men­tary po­lit­i­cal par­ties – mean­ing the Coali­tion APNU-AFC as well as the PPP/C.

Ac­cess to and ad­e­quacy of in­for­ma­tion per­tain­ing to agenda

With spe­cific re­gard to ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion as this re­lates to sub­com­mit­tee re­views and re­ports, to amend­ments and ap­proval of Es­ti­mates as

well as Or­der Pa­per for­mat no­tices, the PPP is urg­ing that there should be im­prove­ments to what has pre­vailed for decades where Coun­cil­lors do not have ad­e­quate time to read and study is­sues to be ad­dressed in any mean­ing­ful way due to the dila­tory and some­times ma­nip­u­la­tive tac­tics of the M&CC hi­er­ar­chy, of­ten con­sid­ered as dis­crima­tory.

At another level the PPP is urg­ing that there should be a thor­ough re­set of the reg­u­la­tory guide­lines that im­pact on the au­ton­o­mous per­for­mance of some of the sub­Com­mit-

tees af­fil­i­ated to the Coun­cil Some de­ci­sions are made in­de­pen­dent to Coun­cil in­put and in ef­fect are ir­reg­u­lar.

The ‘feed­back’ from the Kitty mu­nic­i­pal mar­ket re­hab is in­struc­tive; only last week it was an­nounced (GC 22 Novem­ber) that this so­cial prop­erty is up for ‘Bid­ding’.

Ap­par­ently one such pro­posal had been made by a Con­trac­tor.

It is against this rubric that the PPP is urg­ing that there should be an el­e­ment of ‘pri­mas in­ter pares’ in the de­ci­sion mak­ing process of the Ge­orge­town City “Coun­cil.

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