PPP proceeds on policy of Protest
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.