GEORGETOWN: Guyana will vote in general and regional elections to elect a new government early next year, according to President Donald Ramotar.
The president said the date for elections could be revealed during his New Year’s address to the nation. Following the prorogation of parliament on November 10, he said the decision to confirm a date in 2015 was made to not disrupt Christmas in Guyana.
“We will not disrupt and damper the Christmas spirit with the evident purposeless parliamentary debates,” said Ramotar.
The Guyanese leader said that the objectives of the prorogation were lost with the parliamentary opposition’s refusal to engage in any dialogue. He said he tried to preserve the 10th Parliament, “so as to provide the political parties therein, another opportunity to address, to finality, the many issues that yet failed to have full parliamentary consideration”.
These issues included the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism legislation, the Amaila Falls Hydro Power Project, the Education and Telecommunication bills and Financial Expenditure of Public Funds Act.
Ramotar said the reaction of the parliamentary opposition was disappointing and that efforts were made to discredit him and deem his actions as unconstitutional.
“I wrote the leader of the opposition, I addressed the nation, I hosted stakeholders, my administration more than justified the resort to prorogation,” he said.
Ramotar said he is confident of winning the next elections and also regaining a parliamentary majority. Furthermore, he said that Guyanese have learned over the last three years from the outcomes, or lack thereof, of having a majority opposition.