Granger continues to prolong GECOM Chair appointment
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.