Jagdeo still await­ing word on third Ge­com list

Stabroek News - - EDITORIAL -

Al­most three weeks af­ter Op­po­si­tion Leader Bhar­rat Jagdeo sub­mit­ted a third list of nominees for the post of Chair­man of the Guyana Elec­tions Com­mis­sion (Ge­com), Pres­i­dent David Granger is still to make his po­si­tion known.

Ob­servers are con­cerned at the con­tin­u­ous de­lays in mak­ing a se­lec­tion par­tic­u­larly since the post has been va­cant since Fe­bru­ary of this year.

When asked for an up­date yes­ter­day, Jagdeo said “I have not heard any­thing”. He at the time was host­ing a press con­fer­ence at his Church Street of­fice and he said that the only re­sponse he has ob­tained thus far is a let­ter of ac­knowl­edge­ment from the pres­i­dent.

On Au­gust 25, Jagdeo an­nounced the sub­mis­sion of the third list com­pris­ing Joe Singh, a re­tired Guyana De­fence Force Ma­jor Gen­eral who pre­vi­ously held the post of Ge­com Chair­man; for­mer longserv­ing mag­is­trate Kris­ndat Per­saud; at­tor­neys Teni Housty and Sanjeev Datadin; pi­lot and bio­di­ver­sity ad­vo­cate An­nette Ar­joon-Martins; and Ad­ven­tist pastor and agri­cul­tur­al­ist Onesi La Fleur.

Singh, ac­cord­ing to sources would be heav­ily favoured given his back­ground and knowl­edge of the work as­so­ci­ated with the post.

Granger had said that he was “crit­i­cally” ex­am­in­ing the list and that a de­ci­sion could not be ex­pected be­fore last week Tues­day, since he had to dis­cuss the mat­ter with Cab­i­net. Stabroek News was un­able to con­firm whether the mat­ter was dis­cussed at that sit­ting of cab­i­net or dur­ing this week’s ses­sion.

Shortly af­ter ac­cept­ing the Let­ters of Cre­dence from the in­com­ing Am­bas­sador of Spain to Guyana, Javier Maria Cara­josa Sanchez, Stabroek News ap­proached Granger on the mat­ter and he de­clined to speak say­ing that he and his fam­ily are in mourn­ing hav­ing hours ear­lier cre­mated his brother.

“It is not a good day…I pre­fer not to talk to­day. It is a pri­vate day for the Granger fam­ily. Please re­spect my pri­vacy…” he said when asked if he could pro­vide an up­date on the search for the Ge­com Chair­man.

Pres­i­dent Granger has re­jected Jagdeo’s two pre­vi­ous lists, say­ing that the six nominees on each list did not meet the cri­te­ria to be ap­pointed Chair­man. The nominees on Jagdeo’s first list, sub­mit­ted in De­cem­ber last year, were

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