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Opposition to hold “wide” consultations on nominees for next GECOM Chairman

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday said his party would be consulting with civil society on who should be the six nominees for the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).

“Since I received the letter from the President two days ago, I have initiated a process that will see us consulting widely with civil society beginning next week,” he told a news conference. Those consultations will be held next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Now that the Ministry of the Presidency has responded to the Opposition Leader’s Office on whether and when President David Granger intends to kick-start the process to succeed Dr. Steve Surujbally from December 1, the Opposition Leader said he would next week consult with several non-governmental organisations.

Jagdeo hopes to consult with, among others, the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA), Red Thread, Guyana Trades Union Congress as part of the process to arrive at six names for submission to President Granger. He said already the PPP and his office have already received tens of names that have been submitted by individuals. “At the end of the day, we’ll have to narrow down those to six but we will start the consultations with civil society,” he said.

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon earlier Thursday said the list should include names that are not unacceptable to the President or the process would have to restart.

The Opposition Leader said the consultations would be held with categories of organisations such as religious organisations and trade unions.

The seven-member GECOM includes a chairman and six members, three each effectively representing the governing and opposition parties.

Surujbally has been GECOM Chairman for the past 15 years.

  • Emile_Mervin

    Imagine this dude inherited a built-in ethnic majority support base that would’ve guaranteed a PPP victory at every presidential poll, but his unbridled greed, arrogance and vindictiveness unhinged the PPP from power. Now he is looking for wide consultations to find a replacement for Surujbally? He should be replaced as Opposition Leader, because I seriously don’t see him being President again; no matter what his best friend Ian ruled.

    • Charles Selman

      Unfortunately, we put politicians in power to work in our best interest and they then lord it over us and kick the s..t out of us. And I mean ALL politicians, including the current bunch. Get rich, get out.
      But the two main races in Guyana cannot understand that. Both sides are up s..t creek and our political bosses still hand us promises as paddles.
      Will we ever learn and stop fighting each other?

  • Emile_Mervin

    Belly wuk? Naaah! Of course, Jagdeo has tremendous support around the country, just like Pablo Escobar. In fact Jagdeo remains relatively relevant because those who know better are no better, and those he messed with don’t know better.

    It really is pathetic that the same man that singlehandedly wrecked the PPP for personal gain can still have tremendous support among the disillusioned base.