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ERC Hosts Workshop To Try To Ease Racial Tension During Elections

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The Ethnic Relations Commission, Chairman Juan Edghill is staying clear of the back and forth between the president and the opposition parties. ERC which is charged with the responsibility of monitoring is reporting that it has not received any reports of racial remarks made by President Bharrat Jagdeo.

The president recently lashed out at the Alliance for Change and People’s National Congress Party’s on their choice of presidential candidates to run in this year’s general election. The nominated leaders have since responded to the president’s tongue lashing since they believe he is bent on creating division in society.

On the note of monitoring, the ERC went ahead with the training of part time media and elections campaign monitors. Some 75 persons from around the regions are being trained to learn how to monitor this year’s election. Edghill said the workshop is intended to help participants understand their roles in contributing to a peaceful election.

Participants were instructed on the laws governing racial hostility and the representation of the people. The Guyana Press Association had called for a judicial review of the legislation on racial hostility and the representation of the people’s act. The GPA claimed that race is not clearly defined in the Act. The ERC declared that it would seek such a clarification but so far has not done so.

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