Elections Watch

Stabroek News
March 27, 2001

Reach across existing race barriers

-NFA tells PPP/C

The National Front Alliance (NFA) presidential candidate Keith Scott is hoping that president-elect Bharrat Jagdeo and the PPP/C would use the victory at the polls to "sincerely reach across the existing race barriers and begin the process of healing the fractured nation."

In a letter addressed to His Excellency Bharrat Jagdeo on Saturday, the NFA leader stated that "we cannot afford racists of any type, ...when our society becomes stabilised they will be consigned to the dustbin of history."

According to Scott, "we have all been through a most divisive battle that has now seen our country more polarised than before. Racial parties have taken advantage of this period of turmoil to get into Parliament."

Scott also extended congratulations and best wishes to Jagdeo and the PPP/C, on behalf of the NFA's prime ministerial candidate Feisal Ali and the entire membership. (Back to top)

Muslim Youth League congratulates PPP/Civic on victory at polls

The Muslim Youth League of Guyana in a letter to President-elect Bharrat Jagdeo has offered congratulations to him and his party, the People's Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), on the victory at the recent general elections.

The letter signed by the organisation's president, Shabir Hussain, stated that "this victory must be seen as a victory for this entire nation and we are heartened by your commitment to inclusiveness of all people in the governance and development of our country."

"The young Muslims of this nation support your initiatives in building a strong future for them and we pledge our continued support to yourself and government in this respect," the letter said.

And it closed with wishes to the president-elect and First Lady Varshnie Jagdeo for "continued good health and strength for the arduous task of rebuilding this nation." (Back to top)

Extend hand of accomodation to opposition

- private sector body urges Jagdeo

The Private Sector Commission (PSC) yesterday urged PPP/C presidential candidate, Bharrat Jagdeo, to extend his hand of accomodation and cordial friendship to the opposition to reconcile the nation after a very bitter elections campaign.

A letter addressed to His Excellency Bharrat Jagdeo, president of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, said "our Commission as was the practice in the past in the previous government stands ready to offer its expertise and support for political stability and economic advancement of our country."

The letter, signed by PSC director David Yankana, also expressed congratulations to Jagdeo at the winning of the recent general and regional elections, on behalf of the PSC and its constituent members.