Granger con­tin­ues to pro­long GECOM Chair ap­point­ment

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than three weeks has passed and the Pres­i­dent, David Granger is yet to make a de­ci­sion on the new­est list of nom­i­nees sub­mit­ted by the Leader of the Op­po­si­tion for the ap­point­ment of a Chair­man of the Guyana Elec­tions Com­mis­sion (GECOM).

GECOM has been with­out a chair­man since Novem­ber 2016, when for­mer Chair­man Dr Steve Su­ru­jbally pro­ceeded on leave and of­fi­cially left the en­tity in Fe­bru­ary 2017. The work at GECOM has been stymied and with Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Elec­tions next year, con­cerns have abound about whether the Com­mis­sion will have enough time to get its work done given the ab­sence of a Chair­per­son.

Granger has al­ready re­jected two lists of qual­i­fied nom­i­nees, claim­ing that they are not “fit and proper” in his opin­ion be­cause they are not “judge-like”.

The High Court has since ruled that the nom­i­nees do not have to all be judge-like.

The third list in­cludes Ma­jor Gen­eral ( re­tired) Joseph ‘ Joe’ Singh; Teni Housty; San­jeev Datadin; An­nette Ar­june- Martins; Onesi La Fleur and Kr­ish­na­datt Per­saud.

In the let­ter to the Pres­i­dent ac­com­pa­ny­ing the list, Jagdeo said ar­riv­ing at the six names was not an easy task es­pe­cially since the Pres­i­dent had dis­re­garded the first two batches of qual­i­fied per­sons as “un­fit and im­proper”.

Jagdeo has warned that le­gal ac­tions will fol­low if the Pres­i­dent moves to uni­lat­er­ally ap­point a GECOM Chair­man.

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