In reply to WestDem
Allow me to get to elaborate on Burnham and the PNCs penchant for electoral banditry and economic mayhem.
For the former, I draw on Professor J.E. Greenes Race vs Politics in Guyana published by ISER, Jamaica 1974. In this important book, Greene provides evidence for early developments in what would become the signature of PNC politics election rigging.
Greene demonstrates how the Representation of the Peoples Act (196
was used to help rig the elections of that year. One aspect of the Act was to allow overseas registration and voting.
The Opinion Research Centre (in England) found that only 10,000 of the 43,000 voters registered were credible. A particularly egregious case of overseas voter fraud occurred in Wolverhampton.
The (PNC) registration man there, a Mr. Joe Hughes, could only account for 41 of the 200 persons on the voters list (Greene, 1974, p. 2
A second technique of Burnham for voter fraud was padding of the voters list. Between 1961 and 1964, the number of voters moved from 246,120 to 247, 604, a mere increase of 1,484. Yet, between 1964 (when Burnham took power) and 1968, the voters list moved from 247, 604 to 297, 404, an increase of over 50,000 new voters in four years!
Rigging the proxy vote was another of LFS Burnhams brilliant technique of electoral banditry. In 1961, there were 300 proxies; in 1964 7,000, but by 1968 that number jumped to 19,297. The Americans were terribly worried about the extent of rigging Burnham had planned for the December 1968 elections.