Call in the po­lice

Stabroek News Sunday - - RECENT EVENTS REVIEW SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 TO FRI -

A spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Of­fice of the Au­di­tor Gen­eral of Ge­com’s pur­chase of 50 ra­dio sets for the 2015 gen­eral elec­tions has re­vealed pro­cure­ment breaches among a host of other prob­lems and a rec­om­men­da­tion was made for the po­lice to be called in for an in-depth probe and crim­i­nal charges if nec­es­sary. To make mat­ters worse, the $99.5 mil­lion sets were taken pos­ses­sion of just days be­fore the May 11th 2015 gen­eral elec­tions and up to Septem­ber 14 last year, 88% of the sets were yet to be used. The ad­min­is­tra­tive pro­ce­dures em­ployed by the Guyana Elec­tions Com­mis­sion (Ge­com) for the pur­chase of the sets ap­peared to favour Mo­bile Au­thor­ity though an­other in­ter­ested sup­plier had the most re­spon­sive bid. Though it had pro­ceeded to pro­cure the 50 ra­dio sets from Mo­bile Au­thor­ity, Ge­com then en­tered an­other ar­range­ment with the United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme for the sup­ply of 12 satel­lite phones on the grounds that “se­cu­rity rea­sons” pre­vented the use of the 50 ra­dio sets on Elec­tion Day.

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