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-