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Granger probably “not fit and proper” to select GECOM Chairman by applying High Court ruling- Jagdeo

FLASH BACK: President David Granger escorts Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Bharrat Jagdeo to the Conference room for their meeting Wednesday evening

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday questioned the reason why President David Granger wants to meet with him again next week to discuss the appointment of a Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission, and said that it is time the Guyanese leader abides by a recent High Court ruling on the matter.

“If our president cannot find from 18 persons who are all professionals…most of them are more technically qualified than the president himself and most of his ministers; he cannot find a single person who is fit and proper then something is wrong not with those people or the process, then something is wrong with him. Maybe, he is not fit and proper to make the selection,”  Jagdeo told a news conference.

Jagdeo said the High Court ruling has rendered the option of the President unilaterally appointing someone of his own choice because 18 names – six names in three lists- have been submitted so far to Granger for him to submit one who is “not unacceptable” to head the elections  management agency’s commission.

The former Guyanese leader noted that his nominees are of good standing and have demonstrated independence and impartiality.

President Granger on Wednesday said, based on the written decision by Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire, he is still vested with the constitutional authority to appoint someone who is fit and proper.

Reacting to Granger’s signal that he would like to meet with Jagdeo next week, the Opposition Leader called on the Guyanese leader to apply the High Court ruling. “Now that the ruling has has dealt with all of those issues that I spoke about, that the President has an obligation to respect and apply the ruling to the list of candidates before him,” said Jagdeo, the People’s Progressive Party’s General Secretary.

After President Granger had continued to insist that all of the nominees must be acceptable to him and that he preferred a judge, retired judge or someone eligible to be a judge to be a GECOM Chairman, civil engineer Marcel Gasking sought a legal interpretation from the High Court.

Noting that in the past the President has formally informed him that the two lists have been rejected, Jagdeo said he would attend the meeting with Granger. He urged that we “keep our fingers crossed and our hopes high” that the President would provide good news.

Calling the 10-month long process so far in naming a GECOM Chairman a “charade”, Jagdeo questioned “what does he want to meet with me again”. He said maybe the President has no authority  to make the decision and suggested that such a role has been set aside for the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), the largest party in A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) which in 2015 coalesced with the Alliance For Change (AFC) to form the government .

The latest nominees include former GECOM Chairman, Retired Major General Joseph Singh; Attorneys-at-Law Teni Housty, former magistrate Krishnadatt Persaud, aviator and environmentalist Annette Arjoon-Martins and Pastor Onesi La Fleur.

The first rejected list had been made up of Governance and Conflict Resolution Specialist,  Lawrence Lachmansingh;  Attorney-at-Law and Chartered Accountant, Christopher Ram;  Retired Major General, Norman Mc Lean; Business Executive, Ramesh Dookhoo; Indian Rights Activist, Rhyaan Shah and History Professor, James Rose.

Those on the second rejected list are Retired Justice of Appeal B.S Roy,  Retired Justice William Ramlall;  Attorney-at-law and a former Magistrate, Ms. Oneidge Walrond-Allicock; Attorney-at-Law, Kashir Khan;  Attorney-at-law, Nadia Sagar and businessman, Gerald Gouveia.  The President has said that he has rejected the second list because he was not presented with a range of persons from which to choose one.

The Chief Justice has also ruled that the Opposition Leader’s nominees do not have to include judge, former judge or a person qualified to be a judge, the President is not obliged to select a person from the six names on the list unless he has determined that the persons are unacceptable as fit and proper for the appointment  and that he cannot deem the entire list unacceptable if one or more nominees is not fit and proper.

Justice George also ruled that the President is required to state reasons for deeming each of the six names on the list unacceptable. Previously, the President, in publicly responding to the Chief Justice’s ruling, had asked where in the Constitution states that he should give reasons for rejecting the nominees.

  • Second Coming

    There is no part of the constitutional clause that says the President should give reasons for finding a list unacceptable. That was the OPINION of the Chief Justice.
    The President should simply sit down with the Opposition Leader and, together, go over the names of their choices. Do not leave that room until they settle on a name. This has gone on long enough; it is becoming a national comedy show.

    • Col123

      Why should the President sit down with anyone who should be in prison????…
      Why should the President sit with anyone who is corrupt and the biggest political crook ???
      Why should they not leave the room when the President can select anyone he so desires?…
      Why should the President worry about them coolie (please note no malice ) folks?

      • rs dasai

        Col
        Correction. But you may be right. They voted for Nagamotto and Ramjattan , but he benefits from such votes. I agree also that Jagdeo
        does (should) not have to meet to discuss anthing with the Prezzi.

    • VictorAustin

      There is nothing for the president and the opposition leader need to sit down and trash out. The opposition leader already submitted the names of individuals. The president can select any one of the individual and the opposition leader have to accept it. He has already accept any one of them by the submission of their name. It seems like the election to the office of the president makes a historian with no legal training into a constitutional law genius.

  • Col123

    Jaggie… no malice intended… but alyou coolie ( license to say that from Granger ) people deh up sheet creek!… without a paddle!… and we nigga (no malice intended) brothas gat you in a carna!

    • Such a transparent simpleton !….What are you trying to provoke…… no self-respecting black people refer to themselves as ”we nigga”……we have much more respect for ourselves,knowing what the word ”imply”……stop your hypocritical amateur ”agent provacateur;” stunt.

      • Col123

        Transparent simpletons is reflective of Granger’s spokesmen who can repeat those words “without malice” and be paid from the taxpayers trough… You have just condemned thousands of those dwellers in the inner cities of US, who refer to themselves as nigga brothas… you need to get around a little more Burch… bottom line… the President is more of a provocateur when he didn’t sanction his spokeswoman for saying the same …you barking up the wrong tree…

        • You do not know ”black people”, the struggles of the American blacks, has reduced and rendered many of them in the Inner City to develop a negative mindset and philosophy of life that is anathema to everything the Caribbean blacks believe in…….until some of the ”vulnerable immigrants” become ”acculturized ”,in the prevailing inner City environment.

          • Col123

            “You don’t know blacks”??..you must be joking!… I am a graduate of a black University in US bro… did mandatory prerequisites black history and studies before getting to subjects in my science major… better yet, worked for a stipend in ghettos and Native American reservations to write off my student loans…,I will share this with you also, we Caribbean blacks are just as low class as those you are describing…don’t have any doubts about that…we are lazy, not industrious and try to live off the government ..I didn’t get a dime from the PNC nor PPP… so it’s easy for me to say that they can drop dead wherever!… BTW… I will be in South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana,Zimbabwe and Zambia for the rest of the month… I wouldn’t be surprised what I find there…and yes, I can converse in Swahili…

          • rs dasai

            Burchi
            Agreed with the US, but we were treated differentyl by the Brits
            despite our lowly status then.

          • Col123

            RS .. I have to disagree with your ” differently by the Brits” point… them brits are no better bro…they were converting slaves to Christianity as they hunker them at the bottom of the slave ships…In India… same thing..My only wish was that Subhas Chandra Bhose there should have been allowed the opportunity to kick their butts…Gandhi saved them..

          • rs dasai

            Col
            Bro. Let us let it b. enjoy the sunshine. It keeps all of us warm without exception to race or not.

      • rs dasai

        Burchi
        Kool it Bro, I have been called worse and I am still me. Col is only making a point that I am I and you are you. We are not what others maliciously call us.

        • Col123

          Burch is fine… He and some others who I would upvote are a different breed of Guyanese… from what I can gather… just like some older friends of mine who knew and worked for Burnham and the PNC.. and we keep in touch… do birthdays when we can…They are good people… and not thin skinned!

          • rs dasai

            Col
            Agreed. But such words bring back bad memories which we older heads try to forget. LOL

          • Col123

            True… but yes and no on the basis of contemporary culture and socialization… and both are evolving in all societies as we communicate and learn more about each other…there are time and place for those cultural patterns which btw are not restricted to economic or educational status…. “Prim and proper” classes as in royalty.. etc use such words also. The mere fact that the PRESIDENT passed off “coolie”was said as being without malice speaks volumes of what he and others would say behind closed doors… but I must stress that it would be the same in other upper echelon ethnic groups also…we just saw reports of the Secretary of State referring to the US President as a moron… which is true…but that’s another animal .Personally, I was called a lot of stuff… I am not aware of any difference it made to me…

    • brain dead idiot

      i like i like

  • YaMuddaSoandSo

    I have never seen such a big deal made about an elections commissioner in my life. This sis ridiculous.

  • For some reason, Mr Granger is coming over as ”dithering”…… requesting a meeting with Jagdeo for what?
    Mr Jagdeo is within his rights to rebuff this time wasting overture……Select the youngest person on the list and stop this self-inflicted, embarrassing ”put down” from Jagdeo….. ,of all persons.

  • rs dasai

    Secing
    Is there some basis for Jagdeo’s statement?

  • Col123

    Thanks Ash… two useful energy sources… fuel and fire… no malice intended coolie boy… in the meantime, research the word “boy ” in the context of US southern black history…a term used loosely, by those you admire on these sites…check it out boy…you might as well learn something as you puja those folks that you do…

  • Col123

    Too bad.. we all have to pay a price…it depends on what you can afford bro!

  • Col123

    Jeeze, I didn’t know that you were a pandit…the correct word is kuli…kuli and coolie means different things to different people…you seem intelligent to figure out what it means…
    AND why did you corrupt mind associate the N word with “behave like a monkey”…you are a sick dude Amrit!

    • rs dasai

      Col
      With my beard, I look like a gorilla. So what?

      • Col123

        Looks can be deceiving… can’t judge a book by the cover… and guys with finances do camouflage well..

        • rs dasai

          SSSSHHHHH

  • Col123

    Well!…at least you have a sense of humor!… live long and healthy…later.

  • Col123

    OP!!! Some insult to our black folks!….”some wash out black who jagdeo select”… .. what kind of stupid niggaa (no malice intended) are you to make that statement?

  • rs dasai

    Orin
    At the least, I am ‘real’. There are other to fill the LotO’s position