El presidente firma decreto que convoca a elecciones y anuncia que será candidato

President Donald Ramotar has signed the formal proclamation declaring May 11, 2015 the date for General and Regional Elections in Guyana. The proclamation will be soon be gazetted as stipulated by the Constitution.

In an invited comment, the Head of State told the Government Information Agency that the date was chosen, based on the available dates that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) provided, on which it would be ready to conduct the polls, “and all the dates that they gave me fell within the exams period, so I chose one … unavoidably we have this (brouhaha over the date)”.

Continuing his reference to the comments about the polling date clashing with CSEC and CAPE examinations, President Ramotar said he was pleased with the preparations and alternative arrangements put in place by the Education Ministry. The Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) scheduled for May 11 and 16, 2015 have been shifted to June 15 and 16 respectively. The new dates were set after consultations with the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) and other stakeholders about what might be best for candidates.

“The main thing is that it will not put our students at a disadvantage, and in fact, I think it will give them some more time to study,” President Ramotar stated. Meanwhile, the President emphasised that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), will base its campaign, on its track record of development, “even though the last three years were very constrictive because of the fact that the joint Opposition got a one-seat majority in Parliament, I’m still very proud of what we were able to achieve in the circumstances”.

He added that he was also proud of the PPP/C’s record in office, particularly since the Party has transformed the country, “So I think I’m running on solid ground”. With regard to the political Opposition, President Ramotar said he was not certain about what they wanted, “because sometimes they want elections, then when you call elections, they don’t want elections, but they have to face the music anyhow. We all have to face it”. The President will be leading his party’s campaign as it seeks another term in office in an effort to continue Guyana’s developmental progress.

Ramotar was on Monday confirmed as the Presidential Candidate for the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) for the May 11 polls. This was disclosed by General Secretary of PPP/C Clement Rohee at the party’s weekly press conference held at Freedom House, Robb Street, Georgetown. According to Rohee, Ramotar was selected and decided upon at a meeting which was convened last week. He noted that Ramotar was the only Presidential Candidate and there no other competitors in the race for the position. “The only thing that has been decided upon is the fact President Ramotar is the Presidential Candidate. There was no other Presidential candidate,” he said. He noted too that this is not likely to change anytime before the polls.

After serving as PPP/C’s General Secretary for 14 years, Ramotar was selected as the 2011 Presidential Candidate in April that year, ahead of the November 28 elections. Subsequent to his decision to prorogue Parliament on November 10, 2014, President Ramotar told reporters that he was “confident” that he will be the next PPP/C Presidential Candidate.

Guyana Times

 

Ramotar is PPP/C’s Presidential Candidate

It’s official:
President Donald Ramotar was on Monday confirmed as the Presidential Candidate for the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) for the May 11 polls.

This was disclosed by General Secretary of PPP/C Clement Rohee at the party’s weekly press conference held at Freedom House, Robb Street, Georgetown. According to Rohee, Ramotar was selected and decided upon at a meeting which was convened last week. He noted that Ramotar was the only Presidential Candidate and there no other competitors in the race for the position.

“The only thing that has been decided upon is the fact President Ramotar is the Presidential Candidate. There was no other Presidential candidate,” he said. He noted too that this is not likely to change anytime before the polls.

Questioned on whether this was a wise choice given the fact that the party would have lost a majority Government under the leadership of Ramotar in the 2011 General Elections, Rohee noted that was simply an assumption and it was not proven that the candidate was the primary reason for this.
“There were a number of reasons why that happened and after the 2011 elections, we did an analysis and made it known the factors that responsible for us losing control of the Parliament. We had also pointed out over the years that we have taken corrective measures to address those issues.
“Now I believe that we are in a better position and we are still working to ensure that we are way ahead of the game. That is just an assumption and we are not going into the elections with that kind of assumption. We are going to win elections,” Rohee explained.

Meanwhile, Rohee, who also holds the post of Home Affairs Minister, related that the Prime Ministerial candidate is yet to be chosen, but there are several nominees for the position. It is possible that Prime Minister Samuel Hinds will be replaced.

“The party is still discussing this. Anything is possible. If the PPP/C has the Presidential Candidate then the Prime Ministerial Candidate would come from the Civic. There are a lot of people working,” he disclosed. Rohee noted that the party remains optimistic that it will regain its majority at the polls slated for May 11.

Confident
After serving as PPP/C’s General Secretary for 14 years, Ramotar was selected as the 2011 Presidential Candidate in April that year, ahead of the November 28 elections. Subsequent to his decision to prorogue Parliament on November 10, 2014, President Ramotar told reporters that he was “confident” that he will be the next PPP/C Presidential Candidate.

The President has consistently said that he is not afraid of the electorate and emphasised that he will secure a majority in the next election. “This time I am going back for the majority bigger than before,” he had declared.
Winning the 2011 elections with a plurality, Ramotar became the first President not to have a majority in the National Assembly. In the 65-seat National Assembly, PPP/C secured 32 seats while A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) secured 26, and Alliance For Change (AFC) 7, resulting in the collective Opposition gaining a total 33 seats.
Campaign
Already President Ramotar has featured in a campaign television advertisement which has begun airing. In the two-minute advertisement, the President detailed plans for jobs security, investments in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), higher education opportunities and modernisation of the country’s infrastructure.

“Unlike the other parties and individuals, I commit to further investments to secure the sugar industry and an agriculture diversification plan that would move us into value added production.

“I present to you a platform that would see us achieving universal secondary education and expanded health care. I commit to a future where resources would be used to improve the life of every citizen through increased spending in the social sector, creation of a knowledge based economy and a future where every Guyanese own their own home,” he said in the advertisement.

President Ramotar also highlighted the developments made over the years under his watch in the areas of tourism, mining and agriculture. He pointed out that the country’s foreign debt was also reduced during this time by half and its international reserve is at its highest ever.
“We cannot risk these gains, the work must continue. Let us move forward together. I am Donald Ramotar, and I ask you and your families to support this future. Join us in moving forward together,” he ended in true campaign-like momentum.

At the end of the ad, the PPP/C symbol was boldly displayed. The advertisement also features clips of the President interacting with the young Guyanese, visiting Marriott Hotel site and touring housing developments.

Guyana Times