Op­po­si­ti­on com­pi­ling list of per­sons to re­pla­ce GECOM chair­man

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

The Pe­o­p­le’s Pro­gres­si­ve Par­ty Ci­vic has al­rea­dy be­gun com­pi­ling a list of po­ten­ti­al per­sons to re­pla­ce Gu­y­a­na Elec­ti­ons Com­mis­si­on (GECOM) Chair­man Dr. Ste­ve Su­ru­j­bal­ly, who is ex­pec­ted to re­sign soon.

This was ma­de known by the lea­der of the op­po­si­ti­on, Bhar­rat Jag­deo at his par­ty’s press con­fe­ren­ce on Wed­nes­day. Ac­cor­ding to the for­mer pre­si­dent, “Yes, Mr. Su­ru­j­bal­ly is lea­ving and ac­cor­ding to the con­sti­tu­ti­on, I ha­ve to sub­mit a list of six na­mes from which the pre­si­dent will choo­se the next head of GECOM.” He ad­ded, “We ha­ve star­ted loo­king at the na­mes of the pe­o­p­le that we will sub­mit to re­pla­ce Mr. Su­ru­j­bal­ly.” Jag­deo said that he ex­pec­ted that sin­ce Sur­ju­bal­ly had sig­nal­led months ago that he will be de­par­ting, that Pre­si­dent Da­vid Gran­ger would ha­ve ini­ti­a­ted the pro­cess which would trig­ger the re­qui­si­te con­sti­tu­ti­o­nal pro­vi­si­on to re­pla­ce the chair­man. He said that this should ha­ve al­rea­dy been do­ne, gi­ven the ne­ces­si­ty of ha­ving a ful­ly staf­fed com­mis­si­on at all points in ti­me. “The work of the com­mis­si­on is cri­ti­cal in the pre­pa­ra­ti­on for the next elec­ti­ons. So I ha­ve not re­cei­ved any in­di­ca­ti­on from the Pre­si­dent when he in­tends to trig­ger that pro­vi­si­on.” Jag­deo said that the slot­h­ful­ness of the govern­ment is very wor­rying to him and his par­ty gi­ven the sen­si­ti­vi­ty sur­roun­ding GECOM. He said that he is sus­pi­cious that the­re may be a lengthy de­lay in the en­ti­re pro­cess. He said that he has as­ked the PPP/C’s Chief Whip Gail Teixei­ra to wri­te on his be­half to the Of­fi­ce of the Pre­si­dent and the Head of the Pre­si­den­ti­al Se­cre­ta­ri­at to point out this is­sue and en­qui­re as to when the Pre­si­dent in­tends to trig­ger the mo­ve­ment. In Sep­tem­ber, Ge­ne­ral Se­cre­ta­ry of the PPP/C Cle­ment Rohee had an­noun­ced that the par­ty was in­for­med of Su­ru­j­bal­ly’s pen­ding re­sig­na­ti­on. He had said that the ur­g­en­cy for the Chair­man to de­mit of­fi­ce was ad­dres­sed at a Cen­tral Exe­cu­ti­ve Com­mit­tee mee­ting ci­ting al­le­ga­ti­ons which surfa­ced that the elec­ti­ons bo­dy was una­ble to di­schar­ge its func­ti­ons. Ac­cor­ding to Rohee, the GECOM chair­man had al­rea­dy met with the Pre­si­dent and the Lea­der of the Op­po­si­ti­on to dis­cuss the ne­ces­sa­ry ar­ran­ge­ments to en­su­re a smooth tran­si­ti­on. The Chair­man had said in the me­dia that his re­sig­na­ti­on should not co­me as a sur­pri­se sin­ce his re­sig­na­ti­on was pen­ding sin­ce 2006 when the PPP/C won elec­ti­ons. Ac­cor­ding to Su­ru­j­bal­ly his re­sig­na­ti­on will hap­pen du­ring a seam­less tran­si­ti­on.


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