Campaign financing legislation President David Granger has disclosed that nothing has been formalised as yet with regard to establishing Campaign Financing legislation.“Nothing has been formalised. This is something that has to be agreed upon by both sides, and it could be put on the agenda [for discussion during planned talks this month] with the Opposition Leader. But I have not seen a draft…,” the Head of State told reporters on Friday during a press conference – his first for the year and third since getting into office in 2015.Prior to coming into office, the APNU/AFC Coalition had pushed for the implementation of campaign financing laws, and had even included it as one of its manifesto promises, but even after three years in Government, there has been no active step towards delivering this much-touted piece of legislation.However, Chairman of the Alliance For Change (AFC), the minority party in the Coalition Government, which has been pushing for these laws prior to 2015 election, Khemraj Ramjattan, back in May had said that they have begun the campaign to draft the legislation. He referenced a previous visit by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s General Secretary Akbar Khan during which they requested assistance in doing so.Ramjattan had noted he had requested a draft campaign finance legislation from the Commonwealth, and the Secretary General Khan directed him where to get this, along with other source materials.“So we are going to tap into those resources to come up with a campaign legislation that is modern enough to take care of all the concerns,” the AFC Chairman told reporters.While in Opposition, the AFC had moved a motion in Parliament to set up political financing legislation in 2011.In its final report on the 2011 General Election, the Carter Center said the need to create legislation to cater for campaign financing was important, and even reiterated that in its 2015 report.“To ensure realisation of the right and opportunity to be elected, legal reform is necessary to improve campaign finance laws. Legislation should be strengthened to routinely require disclosure of contributions and expenditures. Consideration also should be given to establishing reasonable limits on donations and expenditures to ensure that the free choice of voters is not undermined, or the democratic process distorted by disproportionate expenditures on behalf of any candidate or party. A monitoring and enforcement body with oversight authority of compliance with campaign finance regulations would also be a positive contribution to Guyanese politics,” the report outlined.Additionally, the report stated that Guyana’s legal framework for elections was silent in the area of registration and operation of political parties, hence the reason why legislation is needed to establish clear requirements for the registration and operation of political parties that would support the freedom of association and promote broad multi-ethnic parties that could represent citizens’ interests in governance.According to the Transparency Institute of Guyana, political financing laws are about protecting the State from corporate and other interests, ensuring that incumbents avoid corrupt use of State resources, and ensuring access to resources for all recognised political parties, among other issues.
Even though I think @Earl_Thomas is a better pure safety than me, I’ll take the nod. pic.twitter.com/VyBSEMJTBs— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) July 21, 2016Eight out of 19 voters named Mathieu as the best safety in the game.Here’s a sampling of what some of Mathieu’s supporters had to say:Elliot Harrison: “This year, the Seahawks will have two All-Pro safeties … but one of them will have to accept second-team honors. Honey Badger = Defensive Player of the Year.”Michael Robinson: “Mathieu plays nearly every position in the secondary and is the key piece to the Cardinals’ D.”Marcas Grant: “Mathieu is arguably the glue that holds together one of the league’s best defenses.”Solomon Wilcots: “Honey Badger’s overall versatility makes him the most useful safety in the league.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact What position does Tyrann Mathieu play exactly?Good question, and one that is being considered heavily as the Arizona Cardinals continue to work on a new contract for their stud fourth-year defensive back.While position may have a huge impact on future earnings for the “Honey Badger,” it’s immaterial when it comes to the game. Mathieu is a force no matter where he lines up in Arizona’s defense. NFL.com is conducting its NFL Summer Games, in which a panel of experts votes for their gold, silver and bronze medal winners at each position (in a nod to the upcoming Rio Olympics), and Mathieu won the gold medal in the safeties competition, beating out Seattle’s Earl Thomas and Minnesota’s Harrison Smith. Dave Dameshek: “Move over, “QB League”: The NFL is now about hybrid players — and the Honey Badger is the best of the bunch.”Ike Taylor: “Mathieu’s versatility makes him the best safety in the game, and he’s close to cracking the lineup as a corner, as well — especially since he took more than 60 percent of snaps at slot corner.”Eric Davis: “Honey Badger can line up anywhere on the field, across from any player. ”Jamie Dukes: “Mathieu is a special player. And what I appreciate most about him is how he rebuilt himself as the gold standard — as a player and person. ”Mathieu was a strong contender for the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year last season before a knee injury suffered in Week 15 against Philadelphia sidelined him for the rest of the campaign. The former LSU star had 90 total tackles — good for second-most on the team — with one sack and five interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown in a Week 3 win over San Francisco.Other safeties who were mentioned in the voting were Kansas City’s Eric Berry, Seattle’s Kam Chancellor, Miami’s Reshad Jones, Philadelphia’s Malcolm Jenkins, free agent Will Hill and New England’s Devin McCourty. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) intercepts a pass for a touchdown as San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) misses the catch during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)