WHAT NEED IS THERE FOR GENERAL ELECTIONS IN GUYANA NOW ?
By Hubert Williams
Boston, Massachusetts, October 23, 2014 — I wonder at the need for general elections in the Co-operative Republic of Guyana in the immediate future? Campaigning will very likely revive old animosities, fan new hatreds, bring fear to many, possible death to some, likely cause considerable social dislocation and property destruction, and create an environment unattractive to badly needed-foreign investment. And after the poll, it is going to be the “same-old same-old”. Even if, perchance, there is a change in majority party, hasn’t the country had its fill of musical chairs?
Yet all the visible signs indicate the country’s major political groups are preparing for a poll: published statements from relevant quarters declare that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is ready, willing, waiting, and able.
It seems the country is approaching a dangerous time. Evidently, each party’s leaders are hoping to emerge with a clear majority so that they can ‘rule’ and reap the spoils of being in ‘office’ (Caribbean politicians usually say ‘power’). It would demonstrate such maturity to negotiate an effective national coalition without holding general elections, but have local government elections not held since 1994. Continue reading