PPP still con­test­ing eight Wak­e­naam con­stituen­cies

Stabroek News Sunday - - LETTERS -

The Peo­ple’s Pro­gres­sive Party (PPP) on Fri­day clar­i­fied that it has only with­drawn par­tic­i­pa­tion from one of the nine con­stituen­cies in the Wak­e­naam Lo­cal Author­ity Area (LAA) for the up­com­ing Novem­ber 12th Lo­cal Govern­ment Elec­tions.

The party is­sued the clar­i­fi­ca­tion af­ter Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Bhar­rat Jagdeo in­di­cated that can­di­dates in the Wak­e­naam LAA had been with­drawn due to dis­crep­an­cies on a list of back­ers in one of the con­stituen­cies.

In a state­ment, the PPP noted that at a press con­fer­ence on Septem­ber 24th, 2018, the is­sue of dis­crep­an­cies on one of the party’s list of back­ers was raised and Jagdeo ac­knowl­edged that the is­sue had at­tracted his at­ten­tion and that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was un­der­way.

“He then pointed out that the al­le­ga­tion re­lated to one con­stituency in Wak­e­naam and that the is­land is in fact a PPP/C strong­hold in which it won fif­teen out of the eigh­teen Neigh­bour­hood Demo­cratic Coun­cil (NDC) seats in 2016. Fur­ther, the Gen­eral Sec­re­tary gave an un­der­tak­ing that should his in­ves­ti­ga­tion un­earth any acts of wrong-do­ing that the party will with­draw from con­test­ing that con­stituency,” it said.

As a re­sult, it said that when the ques­tion of dis­crep­an­cies at Wak­e­naam was once again posed at a news con­fer­ence last

Thurs­day, it was in the con­text of his pre­vi­ous state­ment that Jagdeo in­di­cated that the party did with­draw the can­di­dates as promised.

Not­ing that LAA has nine con­stituen­cies, eight of which were won by the PPP/C at the 2016 polls, the party ex­plained that it has with­drawn from con­test­ing Con­stituency Two (Rush Brook/Maria Jo­hanna), which has 185 listed elec­tors and that it will still be con­test­ing the other eight con­stituen­cies and Pro­por­tional Rep­re­sen-tation seats at next month’s polls.

“The PPP/C is the only party con­test­ing in all 80 LAAs, with over 3000 can­di­dates and over 20,000 back­ers. Fur­ther, out of the 596 con­stituen­cies across the coun­try, is­sues of ir­reg­u­lar­ity only arose on one of the party’s lists of back­ers in one con­stituency. On this note, the party took a prin­ci­pled po­si­tion and with­drew its can­di­date in that dis­puted con­stituency,” it added.

Mean­while, the party noted that APNU, AFC and the URP have all had al­le­ga­tions of fraud and other im­pro­pri­ety lev­eled against them “in 42 of 80 NDCs.” At Crab­wood Creek, Cor­river­ton, Num­ber 63 and Whim Vil­lage in Ber­bice a to­tal of 202 per­sons ob­jected to the fraud­u­lent in­clu­sion of their names on their list of back­ers, while adding that sim­i­lar claims were made at La Grange, La Jalousie and Canal Polder in West Bank De­mer­ara by dozens of per­sons.

“We hope that the press will high­light the fact that GE­COM has ac­cepted sev­eral APNU/AFC and URP lists and dozens of names that were fraud­u­lently pro­cured rather than fo­cus and sen­sa­tion­alise the fact that the PPP/C with­drew one can­di­date, in one con­stituency in Wak­e­naam which at­tracted al­le­ga­tions of ir­reg­u­lar­ity. We con­tinue to main­tain that the PPP/C po­si­tion should be emu­lated by the APNU/AFC and URP and we hope that the press will urge them to do so,” it fur­ther said.

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