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Weekend Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By Don­ald Ramo­tar

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of the most im­por­tant in­sti­tu­tions in our coun­try is the Guyana Elec­tions Com­mis­sion (GECOM). It has a great re­spon­si­bil­ity to not only hold free and fair elec­tions, but it must also ap­pear to be fair in the con­duct of its busi­ness.

In this re­gard, it is one of the most im­por­tant in­sti­tu­tions for the con­tin­u­a­tion of Guyana on a demo­cratic path. While free and fair elec­tions alone are not total democ­racy, it is at the heart of all demo­cratic so­ci­eties.

It has to in­still con­fi­dence in the peo­ple of our coun­try that it is dis­charg­ing its func­tions with­out fear or favour.

Our peo­ple and the world should be as­sured by the con­duct of the elec­tions and GECOM’s day-to-day work that ev­ery­thing is above board and that elec­tions are un­ques­tion­able.

There­fore, I would say that those who work in that in­sti­tu­tion carry an enor­mous na­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity. It is ex­pected that our na­tional in­ter­ests should come be­fore per­sonal po­lit­i­cal pref­er­ences. In a word we need pa­tri­otic per­sons there.

These per­sons would de­ter­mine if our coun­try will move for­ward or go into an­other re­gres­sion, as hap­pened dur­ing the 1970s and 1980s when Guyana was re­garded as be­ing un­demo­cratic and even dic­ta­to­rial. Our coun­try has proven that there is a di­rect link be­tween so­cio-eco­nomic progress and po­lit­i­cal democ­racy.

How­ever, there are im­por­tant cases where the at­ti­tude of GECOM’s Sec­re­tariat puts into ques­tion the abil­ity of this or­ga­ni­za­tion, as is presently com­posed, to dis­charge such a crit­i­cal na­tional func­tion.

The PPP/C has put an Elec­tions Pe­ti­tion to the Court ques­tion­ing the con-

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