Dear Editor,I noticed an opinion piece penned by my former high school teacher, GHK Lall, in a section of the media on the current House-to-House activity. I previously wrote to you when the exercise was commencing, stating that this exercise will eviscerate my right to vote in the upcoming General and Regional Elections.Mr Lall is claiming that this exercise will take six weeks, I would urge him, as he has urged me many times, to examine all the facts. Recently, I saw a release of the GECOM work plan which showed that the exercise would take us into early next year. After collecting the data, the fingerprints must be sent to Jamaica for processing into the database, which I understand takes two weeks. Any errors must then be sent back and the person then located to have errors corrected and then sent to Jamaica for a further two weeks.“A list that is current, accurate, credible and reliable and representative of all eligible Guyanese voters before all Guyanese is the only way to go”. I have researched this, doing House-to-House will not achieve this. My advice to Mr Lall is to urge those whom he is connected to to have a period of continuous registration – this is how I have registered. That way, all those who are fourteen and above will be added to the National Register of Registrants Database. Also, simultaneously have a period of Claims and Objections, so anyone with a dead grandmother on the list can take in her death certificate and remove her. This way, people like me, who currently live abroad, but have intentions of returning home during the term of the next elected government, can have a say.He is calling for political sensibility to prevail, I believe the Opposition has been nothing but generous on time, carrying on with a myriad of court rulings. The CCJ has been clear to respect the Constitution. I believe the Government is letting their hand of immaturity show, with their desperate cling to power. I call on my fellow young people to observe what is happening. In 2015, we were promised this government of change and I have observed many of my classmates graduate UG and are still seeking employment.Concluding, he asked what the hurry is, well, the way I see it, a motion of no-confidence was passed since December 21 last year. We are a few months shy of a year since the Constitution dictates ninety days. How many ninety days have since passed? Surely he can see it’s the Government that is “defecating upon the Constitution”.I urge my fellow Guyanese, especially the youth, to see the farce at play, we don’t need a softer approach. We need to hold a hard-line and demand the Government to call elections as mandated by our Constitution— which was subsequently supported by the highest Court of the land.Regards,Nutana Singh
Residents of Kwakwani are now benefiting from improved electricity supply thanks to the commissioning of two new engines by the Kwakwani Utilities Inc (KUI).A simple ceremony commissioning the two new 260-kilowatt engines was held at the power station. The new sets more than meet the demands of the community.This is according to KUI’s General Manager, Fitzhubert McPherson, who said that the new sets would allow for much improvement within Kwakwani. McPherson has been General Manager since January 2017.“When I took over, there were a lot of complaints and people were dissatisfied with the power they were having ‘cause it was on and off…and the thing is, you weren’t notified about the power outage. With that, I sat with the technical guy and I said we have to get this thing right and we started doing checks and tests,” he said.He foresees the new sets allowing residents to enjoy 24 hours of electricity, a marked difference from the irregular access they previously had. The old engine, he added, was in dire need of overhauling.“We had two CAT sets before; one engine was costing us a lot of money due to a leak it had that was throwing away most of the oil,” McPherson explained. He further said that the decision to purchase the new engines was taken following a July 2017 study by the Public Infrastructure Ministry.Meanwhile, McPherson emphasised that KUI was serious about ensuring the longevity of the new sets and, as a result, staff members have already been exposed to training in the use of the new engines.“We had a transition to get people knowledgeable of the new sets because we don’t want any mishaps. The representatives from Doosan [the engines reseller] are here doing on-the-job training, getting the guys them sensitised on how to put the engines on and off. There’s a special way to do it and deviating from that would cause a lot of problems,” McPherson further explained. He hopes to have at least two members of staff exposed to more training.Furthermore, McPherson anticipates a massive expansion project to get underway thanks to the new engines.While KUI currently serves approximately 1200 households, this number is expected to grow as the company turns its sights to lighting other areas such as West Bank Kwakwani, Jonestown, New Scheme, and Staff Hill.