FOR any country, an election is of paramount importance. It forms the core of the future of that country. As a citizen of Guyana, it is the civil right of an individual to endorse a political party of his or her choice. It is also the right of an individual to attend public meetings and rallies, as well as to be a part of an electoral campaign.The subject of elections may be quite sensitive, however, as each individual will have their own opinions and views as to why they support a particular party. And for that, we should respect each other’s views. At no point in time should an individual be abused for supporting a political party of their choice, whether mentally, verbally or physically. Such acts should be condemned. They should not be encouraged. As these acts can have detrimental effects, I appeal to persons in authority to look into such matters and ensure they are put to a stop.
After the excitement has subsided and the results have been declared, regardless of whichever party emerges victorious, we must bear in mind that we still have to continue to co-exist. We have to work with each other in the same office, sit next to each other on the same bus, stand behind each other in a line at the supermarket; our daily routines will continue. So I urge you, my fellow Guyanese, let us respect and honour the outcome. Let us remember our country’s motto: ‘One People, One Nation, One Destiny’. Let us work as one, for a better and brighter tomorrow. Let us work together for a better and brighter Guyana.