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Civil society increasingly concerned about Granger’s rejection of GECOM nominees – Jagdeo

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Tuesday said civil society actors are increasingly fed up with searching for nominees for the position of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) in keeping with President David Granger’s criteria.

He said a third list would be submitted after he receives nominees from civil society and discusses them internally.

Speaking with reporters after his consultation with civil society on Monday, Jagdeo said the process  has now become “tedious” because Granger’s stance is “unreasonable”. “It is going to be increasingly hard to find people who will then be put down nationally, publicly by the President,” Jagdeo said.

Touching on the President’s position that all six nominees must be acceptable to him before he chooses one of them for the post of GECOM Chairman, the Opposition Leader argued that even if five names are acceptable Granger refuses to say who is the unacceptable nominee. “We will never be able to have a person selected if he refuses to say who the acceptable ones are on the two lists I have submitted,” said the former Guyanese leader.

Apparently echoing concerns by former President Donald Ramotar that Granger is rejecting the lists of nominees to delay Guyana’s next general elections due in 2020, Jagdeo said the PPP would not sit idly by and allow a delay in the polls. “The moment that the constitutional period expires, we will have a constitutional crisis. He is not going to have a conpliant PPP (People’s Progressive Party),” he said. The 1990 general elections had been postponed until 1992 because of wideranging concerns about the voters’ list at that time.

The High Court is next month expected to give its interpretation of the constitutional provision on the appointment of a GECOM Chairman, at the request of city businessman Marcel Gaskin.

Granger inists that the nominees must be a judge, retired judge or someone eligible to be a judge instead of merely being a fit and proper person. Additionally, he says the person must be independent and have integrity.

  • rs dasai

    Please verify by legal experienced minds:
    How many lists does the Con Stitution require? Does the President have the ‘power’ to reject all names on the list? Does the Leader of The Opposition have to provide another list? What next?
    Remember who tried to say that ‘either’ means ‘or’ to support the President’s po sition?

  • IreneNation

    This man’s position has become so desperate that he can no longer use reason to engage meaningfully on any issue. In his heart he knows that by now he should have at least been on house arrest for all the crimes he has committed against Guyana and the Guyanese People. He should just be left alone to continue spewing his meaningless nonsense until he is called upon to account for his pillaging of our country.

    • Danny Persaud

      You follow too much propaganda news..that’s why u live in a fake world..

  • brain dead idiot

    he should just name the person he had in mind all the time and stop asking for a list he is being childish when he was part of that list did he think he was without sin of course not .

    • rs dasai

      Get off our Prezzi’s case.

  • brain dead idiot

    that is just one name that is why they have a list he have to choose from one does one name make the list imperfect

  • Dax23

    Bull and a very big bull
    Why then requesting another list?
    Granjer’s kept shifting the criteria goal post and would do the same with the third list.
    No one in Guyana satisfies his criteria unless that person is a PNC loyalist

  • brain dead idiot

    yes to four persons i think all we here have better things to do than to listen to two grown men carry on like lil boys name somebody and get on with it