first_imgDear Editor,The PNC are in real fear at the present moment; reasons being they will have to face the electorate sooner than later. To face an electorate whom they have lied to and mislead these four years is very unnerving, to say the least, hence the shenanigans of having a delayed election.Unlike the 2015 saga, when they were ever so anxious to go to the polls, this time around, they are negotiating that route at a snail’s pace; or if they would have their way, not at all.General elections are an ultimatum, if not “the ultimatum” for that party, because all the signs and symptoms are there indicating they would have a great loss at the polls. This is not something the PNC are prepared to accept, and so they are going about this by fiddling around with the Constitution, among other oddities, which at the end of the day still cannot give them the relief they are looking for.The soon-to-be-published verdict of The CCJ would validate my claims. So they are at the end of their tether, with no solace to which they can turn, so they are once again down the path of rigging the next election.The rigging they would like to embark upon comes under the guise of an updated electoral list, which, according to them, can only be effected by a long and laborious house-to-house registration.Mind you, the Constitution of Guyana expressly proposes that an updated list can be done via the continuous registration mechanism, but they are unmoved by this constitutional requirement; they want their own PNC house-to-house formula.Now, this is their crying problem: most of their supporters have cogently expressed their views– that they will not vote for the PNC. You go down to the chic-chic boards, or talk to the man in the street, the decision is “we ain’t voting for them.”Georgetown is their rigging bowl; their stomping ground, if you please, and to get such terse replies from their very own is nerve-wracking. So they would rather give it one last-ditch effort by going out to the people and meeting them at their homes to get them to change their minds.They try to bribe the people with promises of house lots; jobs, oil is coming on stream next year and jobs will be available; trying to fool them one last time into voting for “your people.” That is the desperation and fear that has gripped the PNC full on, and they are determined to fix it in that house-to-house registration.The desperation in that house-to-house registration is also linked to matching of the numbers at headquarters. Sure as day, the numbers that have already been fed into the system must match the rigged numbers from the field.The evidence of this assertion is seen in the firing of Vishnu Persaud last year. The PNC envisage a clean job in the rigging exercise, so present an “all’s clear” path, with no scrutinising eyes around.The PNC are back to their old, disgraceful rigging ways if the playing field should only afford them the leverage. We must thwart every device they will come up with. Down with rigging! We want free and fair elections!Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

first_imgThirty-four-year-old Fareez Yaseem of Lot 25 Belmonte, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara was on Monday morning stabbed at least 12 times during a confrontation with an intruder who was attempting to break into a storage bond at his home.Dead: Fareez YaseemReports are that the now dead father of three was awakened by a sound emanating from the lower flat of the house, and he went to enquire. As he walked down the flight of stairs, he reportedly saw the suspect trying to gain access to the bond, and a confrontation and ultimately a scuffle ensued between the two men, during which the suspect whipped out a knife and dealt Yasseem several stabs to his body.The injured Yaseem fell into a drain and died almost immediately, while the perpetrator made good his escape, but reportedly left his pedal cycle and a slipper behind.When Guyana Times visited the scene, Yaseem’s house was locked and no one was at home. The gate was also locked, and a car he had recently bought was parked in the garage.A few houses away, a relative, Jason (only name given), who lives a few villages away, was preparing to hold a wake at the home of Yaseem’s mother-in-law.He told Guyana Times that Yaseem had left his (Jason’s) business place in Mahaicony, ECD at about 17:00h on Sunday to head home after a day’s work.However, at about 02:00h on Monday, he received a telephone call informing him that Yassen had been stabbed dead.To confirm the news, he telephoned another relative, who without hesitation rushed to the scene, only to see Yaseem’s bloodied body lying in a small drain in the yard.“I can’t say how much time he get stab, and I couldn’t go close to see, because the Police been at the scene carrying out their investigations…,” that distraught relative explained.He also explained that after speaking to the late Yaseem’s wife, he was made to understand that the deceased was only trying to protect his property.“He wake up after he heard the sound, and went downstairs without waking up he wife… When he reach downstairs he see the man, and then is when he get stab,” the relative detailed. At the time of Yaseem’s demise, he was wearing his jewellery, but all were found intact.The relative also confirmed that a one-side slipper and a bicycle were found in front of the dead man’s yard. These items have been taken into custody by the Police as evidence as investigations continue.Jason also told Guyana Times that he, too, resided in the village for 15 years, but made a decision to leave following an upsurge in criminal activities.He recalled that his mother-in-law’s premises had been broken into, as well as his home. In both incidents, the bandits carted off millions in cash and jewellery.To date, he stated, no arrest has been made although detectives had dusted the respective crime scenes for finger prints.“I can’t raise my children in this village. Too much happening…thief here and there, and the Police doing nothing,” he stated.He is calling on the relevant authorities to solve this recent murder, and not let it be considered another unsolved mystery.The late Yaseem has been described as a hardworking individual who used to “hustle” to making sure his family is taken care of.He leaves to mourn his wife, Devi, who was at home when he was killed. She reportedly hid in the upper flat of the house with her three children during the incident. After realizing that her husband was stabbed, she raised an alarm and neighbours rushed to the scene.The man’s body was removed hours after, and taken to the Lyken’s Funeral Home to await a post mortem examination. Up to late Monday evening, no arrests were made. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more