Recount votes in Region 4 and establish a Table of Patriotic Governance
This is a historic moment for the best display of Guyanese Ethical and Transformational Leadership of the highest caliber.
The Roraima Institute (TRI) is a Washington-based, Guyanese ‘Think Tank’ that supports Democracy and the Rule of Law. Further, we believe that democratic norms and institutions is an integral part of a country’s growth and development; and that for underdevelopment and racism to die, democracy must live and flourish.
In a modern democracy, no citizen should be disenfranchised from his/her right to vote, or the right to have that vote counted. To this end, we are calling for a recount of all votes cast in Region 4 and the declaration of a winner. Whoever is sworn in as President must immediately convoke all political parties and civil society organizations to a Table of Patriotic Governance (TPG) to agree on an agenda to address the imminent threat of Coronavirus Pandemic to all, Ethnic Justice – Equality and Democratic Governance Bottom Top – Top Bottom.
Guyana must move forward not backwards. There must be implementation of achievable goals within 100 days. This must not be entangled by bureaucracy, or the narrow interests of, personality, political parties and civil society organizations. First, we call on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to complete the tabulation of all votes in a credible and transparent manner using the official Statements of Poll (SOPs) signed by GECOM’s returning officer and by all contesting parties. If there are disagreements over the official SOPs then we suggest opening the ballot boxes and recounting the votes in the presence of impartial observers and political parties’ representatives.
Given the high stakes and the contentious nature of these elections, The Roraima Institute (TRI) firmly believes that anything less than full transparency and a credible recount process will invite an avalanche of protests, condemnations, allegations of fraud and deception, and would call into question the legitimacy of the winner.
The cold war is over. Guyana cannot sustain itself with an illegitimate government at this juncture: Coronavirus Pandemic, decreasing revenues from oil and other commodities in a global recession, the Guyana/Venezuela Border Problem, the Geopolitical escalation in the relations between the Western World and Venezuela; and a President in Brazil who will work very closely with the President of USA to ensure stability and Security in the Guyana Geo-Political Neighbourhood. The resulting chaos would curtail the country’s growth and development and set Guyana back for many, many years to come.
Regardless of the outcome, this election has underscored the crucial need for a national dialogue on Racial Equality-Justice, Democratic Governance and Structural Transformation. From Independence to the present moment, the delicate balance of race relations has festered like a sore that no one wanted to touch. Now this sore has been exposed, engulfing us all and threatening to destabilize our fledgling democracy. No one will be spared. In the words of Martin Carter “all are involved, all are consumed”.
The discovery of oil in Guyana’s Atlantic basin has exacerbated the underlying racial tensions and has brought to the fore the palpable fear of permanent marginalization or domination by either of the major ethnic groups over the rest of the country. In light of these developments, The Roraima Institute (TRI) is reiterating its call for a recount of all votes cast in Region 4, the declaration of a winner; followed immediately by the convoking of all political parties and civil society organizations to a Table of Patriotic Governance (TPG).
It is our firm belief that the winner take-all model with its pernicious underpinnings has failed Guyana miserably. What we have witnessed is a game of political football between the two major ethnic groups where there are no winners, only losers, i.e. the people of Guyana of all ethnic backgrounds without exception. It is time to offer a new approach, one that offers hope to all of Guyana’s citizens.
The Roraima Institute
Diaspora Looking In
Floyd Haynes and Christopher Ram on The Plan Talk Show.
Paul Tennassee at Kaieteur Falls in Guyana
Paul Tennassee and tour guide informing the public about Kaieteur Falls.
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Paul Tennassee Interviews Floyd Haynes on CariNation TV.
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Paul Tennassee interviewed by Christopher Ram
US-based Guyanese launch think tank on national policies
A group of corporate and professional Guyanese based in the United States is on the verge of launching a cross border think tank called The Roraima Institute (TRI). The non-profit organization which is registered in the US is said to be the brainchild of a number of well -established Guyanese recognizing the need to lend their expertise and skills back home.
Paul Tennassee interviews Aspirations for Real Change Conference Co-chair Floyd Haynes, Conference Director Melanie Smith and contributors Sase Singh and Errol Arthur to find out what comes next.
Building Bridges Between Guyanese at Home and Abroad
Since April 2016, over 200 practitioners, civil society representatives and academics from Guyana, the US and Canada have been consulted about how best to make a positive contribution to Guyana’s development.
On March 14, 2017 TRI hosted a forum in Georgetown where 33 invited guests representing a cross-section of grasstops and grassroots discussed the role of Guyanese abroad in Guyana’s development. The two presenters at the event were Paul Nehru Tennassee, Director, The Roraima Institute and Visiting Assistant Professor, University of the District of Columbia; and Dr. David Hinds Associate Professor Arizona State University. The Moderator was Dr. Dawn Stewart, Part-time Faculty, University of Guyana
The Listening Interviews Series #1-March 2017
Listening Interviews were conducted with 92 grassroots and grasstops in five regions (3,4,6,7 and 9) in Guyana. The purpose of the interviews was to get a “finger on the pulse” of Guyanese at home to gain insights into their overall well-being and obtain their assessment of Guyana’s well-being. The interviews also sought to obtain advice about whether a think tank would be useful for Guyana and if yes what activities should be its main focus.
POLICY NOT POLITICS
“The Guyana Conference: Aspirations for Real Change – 2016 and Beyond” was held on April 8, 2016 at the Student Center at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). Approximately 70 academics, business and civil society representatives attended the one-day conference.
The purpose of the conference was to discuss the challenges facing Guyana and spark a non-partisan dialogue and recommendations for practical solutions that will lead to real social and economic change in Guyana.
Guyana Conference: Aspirations for Real Change-2016 and Beyond
On April 8, members of the diaspora organised The Guyana Conference: Aspirations for Real Change – 2016 and Beyond, at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), in Washington DC. Ambassador to the United States Bayney Karran called on Guyanese to come together in “a renewed spirit of patriotism,” prompted by the occasion of the Golden Jubilee, to “work together with a common vision for a common goal and toward a common good… our cohesion as a nation.”
Last Saturday, more than 300 Guyanese gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to celebrate Guyana’s Golden Jubilee. Minister Joseph Harmon, who was the Guest of Honour, was moved to comment that the event was “indisputable testimony to the love which the Diaspora have for their country” even as he invited overseas Guyanese to contribute more directly.
Contributors from academia, civil society and business representing a wide range of views and opinions wrote sharp and focused papers designed to stimulate debate and discussion. The papers included recommendations for practical solutions and identify indicators of real change.