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GUYANA: Oath of Office Case – after 1980 Elections – By Eusi Kwayana

Oath of Office Case – after 1980 Elections – By Eusi Kwayana

This recounting of the “OATH CASE” brought by me against President Forbes Burnham soon after the 1980 General Elections is taken purely from memory and is therefore not word perfect.

The circumstances are that the 1980 Constitution had been imposed on the country. This recounting is timely as the present Attorney General publicly undertook on Globespan after the end of the 2020 Elections impasse a revision of the Guyana Constitution after full consultations with the citizens. He promised that the consultations will be thorough. Our experience is that a constitution can be imposed in spite of the fact that there had been in the post-referendum period after 1978, a Constituent Assembly sitting in the Chamber of the National Assembly, with much media publicity in the very restricted media of those days. I will now explain what I recall about the merits of the Oath Case and leave for later my reminder to the present population of how the 1980 Constitution was imposed.          Continue reading