PRESS RELEASE People’s National Congress Reform Congress Place, Sophia, Georgetown, Guyana Thursday, November 08, 2007











PRESS RELEASE

The PNCR wishes to set the record straight and to make it clear that at present Party members and supporters are involved in a house-to-house campaign to sensitise the public to the need to register and to provide them with information as it relates to what documents they need to have to be able to register. In this regards, GECOM should be grateful that this stakeholder is doing its duty and not depending solely on that body to prepare the public for this very important event.

The exercise is part of the usual Party work that precedes registration and local government and national and regional elections. In this exercise, Party members do not pose as volunteers of GECOM. They make it clear to all and sundry that they are activists of the PNCR and state clearly the kind of information they are seeking to provide and to obtain.

The PNCR therefore finds Ms. Sheila Holder’s contention as stated in the Kaieteur News of Thursday, November 08, 2007, under the caption “Bogus volunteers conducting house-to-house registration” that “the persons involved may be from the People’s National Congress Reform” malicious, misinformed and intended to score cheap political points for the Alliance for Change(AFC). As a Party that claims that it wants to change the political culture in Guyana this approach is more a manifestation of a retrogressive political culture than a change for the better.

It is against the backdrop of the foregoing that the AFC rantings and ravings about the PNCR seeking to deprive it of scrutineers to oversee the national registration exercise must be seen. The PNCR from the inception of the present Parliament has dealt with the AFC as a part of the opposition political parties in the National Assembly and has ensured that they obtain their due in direct proportion to their performance in the 2006 Regional and General Elections. This approach will also characterize the allocation of scrutineers for the upcoming the national registration exercise for which preliminary discussions were held among the opposition political parties.

That apart, one senses that the AFC is not au fait with the procedures as they relate to scrutineering in the national registration process and as such it has ventured out on a process of vilifying the People’s National Congress Reform. The PNCR believes that the correct thing for the AFC to do is to undertake the necessary research rather than to blame the PNCR and misinform the public.

The PNCR wishes to make it clear to the Guyanese people that it has struggled to ensure a new voters list based on a fresh house-to-house registration and therefore will do everything inclusive of its organizational work to ensure the emergence of a clean voters list based on house-to-house registration. It is in this context our ongoing field work must be seen.

People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia,
Georgetown, Guyana
Thursday, November 08, 2007