PPP reps verbally abused in La Parfaite Harmonie during verification campaign

Supporters of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Friday expressed disgust over the way they were treated by some residents of La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara.
According to one of the representatives, they were hurdled out of the Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) community by People’s National Congress (PNC) supporters during the Party’s house-to-house verification as they began their campaign to verify voters on the list of voters.
Several of the representatives said as they entered the community, they encountered some difficulty after identifying themselves as PPP/C members.
As such, one member stated that during the two-day verification campaign, which began on Friday, they were not only “chased out” of the community but they were also subjected to verbal abuse by residents.
According to the supporter, this has brought fear over other supporters who wished to discontinue the exercise.
Speaking with Guyana Times, Regional Chairman Julius Faeber said it is the Party’s democratic right to engage in such practices.
“It is our democratic right to do our campaigns, so why do we have to be fearful when going into certain areas. We don’t go to harass no one, we go for a purpose and that is to verify voters on the voters list that was given to us by [the Guyana Elections Commission] GECOM. The community is not owned by any of us.
The PPP/Civic over the years has condemned what it described as “the wide scale provocations currently being meted out to its supporters by the [A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change] APNU/AFC supporters.”
On May 11, 2015, several vehicles belonging to PPP supporters were burnt in Sophia, Greater Georgetown, during an unrest by residents in that community.