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Call for a clean campaign

CAROL MARTINDALE, carolmartindale@nationnews.com

Added 06 April 2011

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The candidate for the main opposition People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) in the upcoming presidential elections, retired Brigadier David Granger is calling for a clean campaign in the run-up to the polls that would most likely take place in August. In a congratulatory message to Donald Ramotar, the general secretary of the ruling People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC), who is the party’s candidate, Granger also said he noted that his opponent had been chosen by consensus. “My first reaction is to congratulate him on his election. The PPP did not use the process we did but he emerged victorious in accordance with their procedures and for that I must congratulate him,” Granger told the Guyana-based website demerarawaves.com. Ramotar was elected by consensus on Monday after the other three candidates including the Presidential Advisor on Governance Gail Teixeira, Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee and Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran, withdrew. The other major political party, the alliance for Change (AFC) has named attorney Khemraj Ramjattan with parliamentarian Sheila Holder as his running mate. Granger said his major concern now is that that the two parties conduct an election campaign “free from personal abuse and attacks, unlike what we had in March.” Granger’s comment was a reference to President Bharrat Jagdeo’s address to party supporters during which he criticized the PNCR and Granger in particular whom he alleged had “blood on his hands” in connection with the killing of three PPP supporters by soldiers during the 1973 election period.  He called on Ramotar to use his “political influence” to ensure that the opposition candidates receive equal access to the state media. “In previous elections this didn’t happen, so I hope he can use his position both as a party leader and presidential candidate so that the other candidates can get their messages across,” said Granger who said he was very confident of winning the election. “We have had the opportunity during our process to visit all ten regions and I am convinced our campaign showed people how little development has taken place especially in the hinterlands where even the administrative centers are not developed, ” Granger said. He said the PPPC during its 18 years in office has not done much for the hinterlands and there is “massive unemployment” among the youths in those areas.  “The PNC platform is very strong and I believe that we are batting on a good wicket,” Granger stated. (CMC)

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