“Curiouser and curiouser,” cried Alice after she fell down the Rabbit hole – into what seemed to be an alternate universe, and discovered she’d been transformed into a giant. She tried to give herself what we’d call “a reality check”, to understand what the heck had happened to her. “I’ll try if I know all the things I used to know. Let me see: four times five is twelve, and four times six is thirteen, and four times seven is–oh dear! I shall never get to twenty at that rate! However, the Multiplication Table doesn’t signify: let’s try Geography.”
After trying to make sense of what the PNC is up to on this election, your Eyewitness has finally realised how poor Alice must’ve been feeling: curiouser and curiouser!!
Your Eyewitness has been trying to get a reality check himself, but, like Alice concluded, it doesn’t look like mathematics might help make sense of the surreal world into which all Guyana has been plunged after Mingo did his thing for the PNC on March 4th.
Did the PNC win the election or not?? A couple of days after the elections, the PPP were first off the block to announce they’d won. But they didn’t stop there. In an unprecedented move, they decided to release all their SOPs on the World Wide Web. In this “cell phone in every pocket” era, this meant that everyone and their uncle could check up on the PPP’s numbers by running down to their neighbourhood polling station and conducting a random check with the SOP posted on its door.
To date, no one has produced a pic of an SOP in any part of Guyana to call out the PPP. Now, if the PNC had won, your Eyewitness wondered, wouldn’t the logical thing to do be to show their SOPs to highlight where the PPP might’ve doctored their copies. After all, one PPP leader once confessed in a discussion on elections shenanigans that the PPP weren’t all “eunuchs and saints”!! Then came the next event that just didn’t add up – pardon the pun! – Mingo’s three card monte with the second batch of Reg 4 SOPs.
Fast forward with the recount, and it’s gotten even curiouser and curiouser. Was the recount legal? Were the PNC claims of the dead and migrated voting – without any proof – relevant? It all boils down to Granger, the Humpty Dumpty of Guyana.
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.” “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master — that’s all.”
Another surreal development in the elections’ imbroglio is the launch of a new narrative from the PNC side: the PPP haven’t only been riggers all along, but they’ve so clever at it they’ve escaped undetected and unscathed. The poor PNC have taken all the “rigging” flack, but now it’s all going to change. The deviousness of the PPP and their rigging machine will be exposed in the unfolding recount-as-audit!!
Your Eyewitness has already alluded to the PPP’s confession that elections in Guyana aren’t for the fainthearted, so he had his popcorn ready as the games began at the ACCC. Well, all he can say after some sixteen days is: if the PPP are this good, maybe GECOM should just declare them the winners of the game that both of them knowingly entered!! Cause, the PNC’s narrative is based on even less than squat: one of their politicians had to be bitch-slapped by Granger.
Another confessed all their claims of PPP’s perfidies are based on “dem bai seh”!!
…change after elections
Elections in Guyana are like Rorschach Tests: they reveal who we really are. And we’ll have to eventually deal with this. As Alice said, “It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”