Guyana ruling party launches election campaign
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday October 3, 2011 – The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) continues to hold the date for general election a closely guarded secret, despite launching its campaign Sunday night.
Some had speculated this would have revealed in light of the dissolution of parliament on September 27, which now mandates the election date to be announced before November 14.
Instead, the thousands who attended the launch were informed by the party’s presidential candidate Donald Ramotar of his plans for the country.
He said this includes cheap and reliable electricity through hydropower, solar energy and wind power, a harbour to accommodate larger ships, and continued emphasis on education and health.
In his address, President Bharrat Jagdeo defended his term in office stating that his government took Guyana from a bankrupt country and made it the most dynamic vibrant economy in the Caribbean.
“Today we have the highest level of international reserves ever. We spent the most that we have ever done on education, healthcare and housing, on water and electricity, because these are important to our people,” he said.
“We have done so and at the same time reduced the fiscal deficit,” the president stated.
He said further that the interest rates have been reduced significantly due to the policies of the government.
Also appearing on the party’s political platform was former executive member of the People's National Congress Reform (PNCR) Joseph Hamilton, who broke ranks with the party in 2008.
He defended his decision to join the PNCR stating it was the only viable option.