Press Release People’s National Congress Reform Congress Place, Sophia Georgetown October 18, 2005

Sir Paul Reeves, Special Envoy of the Commonwealth Secretary General, who is on another visit to Guyana, paid a courtesy call yesterday, October 17, 2005 on Mr. Robert Corbin MP, Leader of the People’s National Congress Reform and Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition.

Accompanying Sir Paul Reeves was Ms Juliet Solomon, Special Adviser and Head of the Caribbean/ Pacific Section of the Political Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat. The PNCR delegation included the Chairman of the Party, Mr. Winston Murray, CCH, MP, Deputy Speaker, Mrs. Clarissa Riehl, MP, PNCR and Opposition Chief Whip, Mr. E Lance Carberry, MP, along with Mr. Oscar Clarke, General Secretary.

The PNCR Leader briefed Sir Paul Reeves on the limited progress on electoral and governance issues, since his last visit, including the implementation of the parliamentary reforms recommended by Sir Michael Davies and the need for the effective functioning of the Parliamentary Management Committee.

Sir Paul was apprised of the concerns of the PNCR that Voter Registration has commenced, though GECOM is yet to present the Stakeholders with its methodology for the verification/cleansing of the Official List of Electors (OLE) and its Addenda, as well as the adoption of biometric technology for the easy detection and prevention of multiple registrations. In addition, the PNCR Leader expressed concern over the failure of GECOM to present credible plans to stakeholders for the holding of National and Regional Elections by the constitutionally due date.

On the question of the implementation of the recommendations contained in the Sir Michael Davies Report, it was pointed out that a Motion for the adoption of that Report has not yet been placed on the Order Paper of the National Assembly. It was also noted that the recommendations contained in the Bradford Report mirrored those contained in the Report by Sir Michael Davies.

People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia
October 18, 2005