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Rohee exhumes accusations of ethnic hiring against GECOM; wants Diplomats to take not

The General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Clement Rohee has dredged up an aged old accusation of ethnic marginalization at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and wants the local diplomatic corps to take note of such underpinnings.

Roheee at a press conference on Monday stated that the 95% of the staff hired by the Commission for Elections Day activities are of one ethnic group.

The General Secretary said that he found it strange that the exams given to persons who apply for posts at GECOM are only passed by persons of one ethnic line.

“We cannot understand how when GECOM sets exams only one set of people are failing and another will pass,” he stated.

He was then asked to identify exactly which ethnic group he believes is in the majority at GECOM to which he responded “those who have eyes to see; let them see.”

He said that the issue of ‘ethnic hiring’ has always been one for the PPP but it is not and was never in a position to force its views on GECOM lest it be accused of undemocratic practices.

“We could not dictate to GECOM who they should employ and who they shouldn’t,” said the PPP Leader.

He said too that a PPP Commissioner noticed similar trends at the recent Nomination Day exercise for Local Government Elections and would have reported same to the Party.

Rohee underscored the importance of the diplomatic community in the electoral process stating that they must conduct themselves in accordance with United Nations Charters.

He said that the diplomats should take note that “all is not well at Gecom since there has been no improvements whatever in the policy, administration nor operational levels at GECOM.”

When contacted for a comment the Deputy Chief Elections Officer (DCEO) Vishnu Persaud only stated “we employ people. We don’t employ people by race.”

  • Emile_Mervin

    Ethnic balance is essential to fairness in government, but the PPP was in power from 1992 to 2015 and missed many opportunities to provide the ethnic imbalances it now bitches about.

    The truth, the PPP thrived on its majority ethnic support base of Indians. In the 1985 unity government talks between the PNC and PPP, Janet Jagan reportedly insisted on the PPP being the senior partner because its support base of Indians was greater in number than the PNC’s base of Blacks.

    In 1990, after he was picked as Cheddi Jagan’s running mate, Sam Hinds confessed that since Indians were the majority and always vote PPP, then the PPP would win the pending elections.

    Last year, after sensing the PPP was facing defeat at the polls, Bharrat Jagdeo resorted the vile racism of Indians versus Blackks as the trump card to save the PPP. It almost worked, but the sum total of the PPP’s modus operandi is to keep playing the race card to remain relevant.

    Even now, with this highlighting of ethnic imbalance of Gecom, it is resorting to race to make its case because this is the only area where it can turn to regain power. But if Gecom has too many Blacks on staff, especially on polling day, this could mess up the PPP’s plans to rely exclusively on the race card to win the next elections.

    I will wager now that if the next elections are free and fair and a new leader of the PPP is its presidential candidate that the coalition could be history. The coalition is its own humbug and Jagdeo is the PPP’s humbug.