PRESS RELEASE - Wednesday March 9 2011



DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE OAS, ALBERT RAMDIN PAYS COURTESY CALL ON PNCR LEADER, PNCR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE AND THE PARTY GENERAL SECRETARY



On Wednesday 9th March 2011, Deputy Secretary General of the Organisation of American States (OAS), Mr. Albert Ramdin paid a courtesy call on the Leader of the People’s National Congress Reform and Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Robert Corbin, M.P. Accompanying Mr. Corbin were PNCR Presidential Candidate, Mr. David Granger and General Secretary, Mr. Oscar Clarke.



Mr. Ramdin was briefed on the PNCR’s recently concluded Special Delegates Congress at which Mr. David Granger was democratically elected as the PNCR’s Presidential Candidate for the upcoming General and Regional Elections.



Mr. Corbin took the opportunity to brief the OAS official on the recent malicious statements made by President Bharrat Jagdeo at Babu John, Port Mourant during the PPP annual observance of the late Cheddi Jagan. He expressed the view that such statements are provocative and could re-ignite racial conflicts, pointing out that this is not the first occasion on which the Head of State used a Public Forum to make wild accusations, maliciously misinterpret events and mislead the public thereby promoting social instability. Mr. Corbin also revealed that sections of society and specific communities have already complained of racial tensions since the Head of State’s ramblings at Babu John. PNCR Presidential Candidate, Mr. David Granger also opined that such irresponsible and uninformed statements by the Head of State could have serious National consequences after years of relative calm. He was not fully aware of the statements attributed to the President at Babu John but promise to fully study them.



The Deputy Secretary General pointed out that the OAS is always concerned about any statement that may incite racism and social instability, noting that such statements could cause serious problems especially in an election period.



Other issues discussed with OAS Deputy Secretary General were the 2011 General and Regional Elections, including the need to ensure that the Registration Exercise does not result in the disenfranchisement of legitimate electors as well as the composition and legitimacy of the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC).



People’s National Congress Reform

Congress Place, Sophia

Georgetown, Guyana

Wednesday 9th March 2011