• 24 Jun, 2024

Kangaloo will prevail in Presidential Vote

Kangaloo will prevail in Presidential Vote

Kangaloo will prevail in Presidential Vote

Based on conversations I have had about the upcoming vote by the electoral college for the Presidency, Christine Kangaloo will win the Presidency. It will take a miracle, a strong defection from PNMite MPs and Senators, for the UNC candidate Israel Khan to pull off an upset. This is not to say Kangaloo is a better candidate or is preferred over Khan by the public. In fact, Khan appears to have better favorability ratings than Kangaloo with a majority I spoke with saying he would make an excellent, non-biased President.
 
The numbers favor Kangaloo in the electoral college of 72 members. The PNM has 38 votes. The UNC has 25 secured votes. There are nine independent votes. Even if Khan were to receive all nine independent votes, he would still be short. Based on my count and informal polling, it appears that Khan would garner a minimum 29 votes, far short of Kangaloo’s number that will secure her victory.
 

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Photo : Israel Khan

 
Voters expressed mixed views of the selection of Kangaloo and Khan as the two nominees. It was felt that the nominees should have been more neutral and non-partisan, not a regular run of the mill politician. Khan is not known to be a politician and he has been very critical of politicians. They feel the time has come to change the way the President is (s) elected, terming it very undemocratic.
 
Most supporters of the PNM praised the selection of a party person as the nominee for President. While backing Israel Khan as the nominee, supporters of the UNC are critical of their party for not selecting a party affiliated person as President when it was in office. UNC has failed to bring its base together the way the PNM does. The public feels that is one reason why the UNC will be out of office for a long long time. 

Dr Vishnu Bisram

Dr Vishnu Bisram is Guyanese born who received his primary and secondary education in Guyana and tertiary education in the US and India. He is a fourth generation Indian. His great grandparents from both his mother and father’s sides were born in India -- Gurbatore from Ghaizpur, Amru from Azamgarh, Sau from Chapra, Mangri from Mau, Bhuri and Bhura Singh from Bharatpur, among others. They all came at different times to then British Guiana (1880s and 1890s) to work on sugar plantations as indentured laborers. After serving ten years, they were freed laborers. They remained on the colony rather than returned to India, married and had children. They used the savings from indentureship to purchase landholdings to cement their ties to their adopted land. They were not given free land. Vishnu Bisram is ninth of twelve children of Gladys and Baldat, rural farmers, she also was a seamstress and he a taylor and they attended to a kitchen garden as well. Vishnu attended the St Joseph Anglican (called English) primary school from 1966 to 1972. In 1972, he passed the annual nationwide Common Entrance exam winning a scholarship place to attend the government Berbice High School in New Amsterdam, some 17 miles from his home village of Ankerville, Port Mourant. He declined the placement scholarship and opted instead for the private Chandisingh High School to which his family pad to pay a tuition. He entered for eight subjects at the Cambridge University Exam in 1977. Vishnu migrated to the USA in 1977 to further his studies. He enrolled at the City College of City University of New York September that year at age 17, studying Bio-Chemistry and also completing a major in Political Science. After his BSc in Bio-Chem, he pursued graduate studies in International Relations earning a MA. He went on to complete multiple post graduate degrees including doctorates in Economics, Sociology, History, Political Science and Educational Administration. Dr Bisram taught for over forty years in various subjects in the US. He also served as a newspaper reporter and columnist for over four decades and is a well-known pollster in the Caribbean region. He is a specialist on the Indian diaspora traveling extensively around the globe to research and write about Indian communities. He published countless articles on various subjects in the mass media, journals, and books. He also organized international conferences on the Indian diaspora and presented papers at many conferences. He was a guest lecturer at universities in Mauritius, India, Fiji, South Africa, Guyana, Trinidad, Suriname, USA, and other countries. He is a well regarded political analyst on American and Caribbean politics. He makes him home in Guyana, Trinidad, and America and travels frequently to India.