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PPP Commissioners accuse Bulkan of unlawfully appointing Mayor, NDC Chairpersons

Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan.

Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan.

In areas where there were draws after the recently concluded Local Government Polls, Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan has stepped in and named the persons that would be elected Mayor and Chairpersons.

Reports have confirmed that instead of duly applying the law, Minister Bulkan went ahead and named the Chairpersons for some 5 Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDC) and the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the Mabaruma Municipality where there were ties.

Chapter 28:01 Section 13 (4) says “where at an election under subsection two or more councillors secure an equal number of votes the Minister shall direct which of those councillors shall perform the functions of the office of mayor; and that councillor shall assume and perform those functions until such time as the Mayor or deputy Mayor as the case may be is able to act.”

This is in the case where a Mayor resigns or is unable to perform the duties.

However, People’s Progressive Party nominated Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Commissioners, Sase Gunraj and Bibi Shadick at an emergency press conference sought to press a case that the Communities Minister acted illegally.

PPP-commissionersGunraj said Section 13 (6) provides that in the event of an equality of votes in favour of more than one candidate, the Town Clerk shall appoint a date for the election of a Mayor by the people. This date shall not be later than December 28 of the same year.

“That has to be a very worrying development. If that is indeed the case then it is an attempt to usurp the functions of Guyana Elections Commission,” Gunraj stated.

PPP Commissioner insisted that GECOM should take the reins and hold another election in the areas where there were draws.

  • Emile_Mervin

    If there is a tie among councilors after an election and the Minister can appoint a Mayor to serve in the interim until a Mayor is elected from among the councillors, then what Bulkan did does not appear to have done anything illegal here.

    Additionally, if in event of an equal amount of votes by more than one candidate, the Town Clerk shall appoint a date, no later than December 28 of the same year, for an election of the Mayor by the PEOPLE, not the councillors, then that is the next step.

    What is ironic is that Scetion 13 (06) calls for the PEOPLE to elect a Mayor in event candidates have the same number of votes, yet the same PEOPLE cannot vote for a Mayor on actual E-Day. Must be a real jackass who wrote this law.

    • rudeo

      no…..the people vote again for councillors….if the tie is broken then the majority vote a mayor

      • Emile_Mervin

        Let’s see how this will play out; after all, it is the first time our democracy is being tested at the local level. Still, it is a pity people do not vote for a mayor the first time around.