PRESS RELEASE The People’s National Congress Reform Second General Council For 2008 Saturday 26 April 2008, Congress Place, Sophia

The People’s National Congress Reform held its Second General Council for 2008 on Saturday 26 April 2008, at the Party’s Headquarters, Congress Place, Sophia. The timing of this General Council is very important, since the current international and, particularly, the unfolding national developments pose challenges which require firm and decisive responses from the Party.

The Party General Council is the highest decision making organ between Congresses and was attended by representatives from all of the ten (10) Regions.

The morning session of the programme, for the Second General Council, commenced with the welcome by the Party’s Chairman, Mr. Winston Murray, CCH, MP, followed by the Report of the General Secretary, Mr Oscar Clarke. The Feature Address was given by the Party Leader, Mr Robert H. O. Corbin, MP.

The afternoon session was chaired by the Vice-Chairman, Mr Basil Williams, MP, and included a Progress Report on the House-to-House Registration exercise by the Chief Scrutineer of the Party, Ms Amna Ally, MP, along with Workshops which reviewed the experiences in each Region. This was followed by an extended plenary session which enabled discussion, observations and recommendations by members of General Council.

The General Council ended with the Summation and Charge by the Party Leader, Mr Robert H. O. Corbin, MP.

The Welcome Remarks by the Party Chairman:
The Party Chairman, Mr Winston S. Murray, CCH. MP, in his welcome remarks, set the tone for the General Council. He also referred to an article, by Donald Ramotar, in the PPP’s Thunder, on the rule of Josef Stalin in the USSR, and drew attention to the parallel with the behavioural characteristics of the Jagdeo regime.

The Report of the General Secretary:
The General Secretary noted the passing of Party stalwarts and presented his detailed Report on the state of the Party in each Region and nationally. He highlighted the issues which the Party had to confront, in the period under review, particularly the impact of the rising cost of living, accompanying the imposition of the 16% VAT, the widespread unemployment and the challenges resulting from the House-to-House Registration exercise.

The Feature Address by the Party Leader:
In his Feature Address, the Leader of the PNCR, Mr. Robert H. O. Corbin, MP, dealt with the following:

 The passing of the late Mabel Sandy of Wakapow. He saluted her loyalty and commitment which was an example for other Party members and supporters to emulate;
 The challenges of Global Warming and the consequential sea-level rise for a low-lying coastal state such as Guyana;
 The inability of the PPP/C Government to devise adequate responses to deal with the impact of escalating food and fuel costs;
 The evolving strategies and tactics of the Party since 2002 and the return to a policy of militancy, in the face of the excesses of the PPP/C Administration;
 The emerging dictatorship of the Jagdeo Administration, particularly the breaches of the Constitution and the violation of the human rights of the Guyanese people;
 The attack on Freedom of Expression, as exemplified by the withholding of Government advertising for 17 months from the Stabroek News and the four-month closure of CNS TV Channel 6;
 The emphasis on literacy and the economic empowerment of Party members and supporters;
 The need to prepare for Local Government Elections; and
 The importance of the current House-to-House Registration process, the difficulties being encountered and the need for the members of General Council to ensure that all Party Members and supporters are registered.

People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia
Georgetown, Guyana.
Monday, 28 April 2008