PRESS STATEMENT By People’s National Congress Reform Friday, 28 July, 2006 Hall of Heroes Congress Place, Sophia.




SUMMARY:
• The ONE GUYANA PNCR List is reflective of a conscious and deliberate effort, on the part of the PNCR, to put Guyana first with the aim of creating One Guyana;
• The People's National Congress Reform will be holding a Special Delegates Congress at Congress Place, on Sunday, July 30, 2006.

SUBMISSION OF PNCR 1 GUYANA LIST OF CANDIDATES

On Nomination Day, 26 July 2006, the People's National Congress Reform 1 Guyana presented its list of Candidates to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). The List is reflective of a conscious and deliberate effort, on the part of the PNCR, to put Guyana first with the aim of creating One Guyana. In the thrust to create One Guyana, the PNCR believes that our youth is fundamental to the creation of a united and dynamic Guyanese society. As a consequence, our Youth Empowerment Scheme (YES) has been identified as the centre piece of our campaign efforts under the theme, “PNCR for One Guyana – Moving Forward Together.”

The PNCR is cognisant of the fact that the creation of such a just and enterprise driven society is dependent on an independent Justice System in which there is public confidence, as well as an economy that attracts investments, delivers jobs and brings prosperity.

The composition of this List reflects the skills, talent and experience required to implement and sustain such a reform programme. The pool of available skills will be complemented by other expertise, both in Guyana and in the Diaspora.

After a PNCR victory, we will be working with all who are prepared to put Guyana first to create One Guyana that is prosperous and well governed.

The List also represents a wide cross-section of Guyanese including youth, women, all ethnic groups, our indigenous people, the private sector and professionals. The List represents a good mixture of youth and experience.

PNCR'S SPECIAL DELEGATES’ CONGRESS

On Sunday, 30 July 2006, the People's National Congress Reform will be holding a Special Delegates Congress at Congress Place. This Special Congress comes on the heels of the announcement by the Leader of the PNCR, Mr. Robert Corbin, that the PNCR will participate in the Election slated for 28 August 2006. The PNCR 1 Guyana Special Delegates Congress will discuss and refine our electoral programme and platform for VICTORY. The Congress will, therefore, be used to formally launching of the PNCR 1 Guyana Election Campaign for 2006.

The theme for the Congress is "PNCR for One Guyana: Moving Guyana Forward." The One Guyana Unity Platform is a collaboration of political parties, civic groups and individuals who believe that by working together on common issues the foundation could be laid for genuine national reconciliation and unity. The PNCR believes that only on this basis can Guyana hope to shake off the shackles of underdevelopment and progress economically and socially.

While the idea of political and racial reconciliation is not new in Guyana, the One Guyana Unity Platform represents one of the more serious efforts to realize this still elusive but essential national goal. The PNCR is pleased to be a part of this platform to build a new Guyana. We believe that the One Guyana Unity Platform is the continuation of our efforts to achieve Shared Governance as a basic requirement for continuous nation building. Our Special Congress theme is meant to demonstrate our firm commitment to these ideals.

Close to 5,000 delegates are expected to attend from all ten regions in Guyana and from our overseas party groups. We also anticipate a large contingent of special invitees and dignitaries.

The main address will be delivered by Mr. Robert Corbin, Leader of the PNCR. His main focus will be on analysing the current situation in Guyana and articulating the PNCR's vision to move Guyana forward under a new government.

After the Congress, delegates will march to the Square of the Revolution for our Congress Rally which is expected to start at 18:00hrs (6:00 pm).


ELECTIONS UPDATE

The PNCR 1 Guyana submission of its List of Candidates on Nomination Day should not be seen as capitulation to the machinations of those who are hell bent on ensuring that the conditions for elections fraud remain open and at their disposal. What the PNCR
submission of its List does is to pull the rug from under the feet of those who sought to mislead the public into believing that the PNCR was unprepared for elections. It also signals the PNCR intention to follow the process closely and not allow anyone a free hand and monopoly over the country’s political space.

The submission of the PNCR`s 1 Guyana List must not be seen as a vote of confidence in GECOM. We remain deeply concerned about the quality of Voters List prepared and presented by GECOM for these elections. Nevertheless, we look forward anxiously to the measures promised by GECOM to avoid the electoral irregularities and fraud. When will this be published for scrutiny by the Parties and all Stakeholders?

With the passing of time and events, such as the Haslyn Paris resignation and the Calvin Benn internal memo, the often-stated and maintained position of the PNCR that GECOM should honour its commitment not to use the 2001 OLE without its verification is being continually re-enforced and the shenanigans that have characterized GECOM`s operations are being exposed. If Guyana is to enjoy peace and prosperity, GECOM has the responsibility to conduct Elections that meet the international standards for being classified as free, fair and transparent.

The PNCR will continue to be the watchdogs of the system. We will continue to expose the plot to commit electoral fraud and, with the help of the Guyanese people, will also develop anti-Electoral--fraud mechanisms to ensure that the plot does not succeed.

As the struggle for free, fair and transparent elections continue, the PNCR will not abandon the people who we represent and will continue to occupy that political space which they have afforded us.

PNCR’S CAMPAIGN

The PNCR will conduct a positive campaign which will be driven by issues and policies. The Guyanese people are more than tired of negative politics.

We will present our views and ideas in a straightforward manner to connect with Guyanese from all walks of life. We will address issues at the street, community, regional and national level. We will address issues that affect youth, women, Indigenous peoples and others. We will speak to the plight of public servants, farmers, the joint services, teachers, etc. We will address economic issues, but also speak to our fellow Guyanese about creating a new social environment where moral values and new attitudes can take hold.

Our main policy themes will focus on:

 Spelling out our ideas to resuscitate the economy which is currently in a slump;
 Explaining how our five-year crime prevention and eradication plan will reduce crime and restore security to our communities;
 Demonstrating our seriousness about building a unity platform in sync with our call since 2002 for Shared Governance;
 Showing our commitment to restore national pride and sense of nationhood;
 Explaining how our Youth Empowerment Scheme (YES) will bring jobs, land, opportunities and hope to young people.


People's National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia,
Georgetown, Guyana
Friday, 28 July, 2006.