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Private Sector forecasts political, economic gloom after Granger’s unilateral appointment of GECOM Chairman

The Private Sector Commission (PSC).

Guyana’s Private Sector Commission (PSC) on Friday warned that President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of a Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) would result in political and economic instability.

“The decision of the President to act unilaterally and independently of the submissions of the Leader of the Opposition poses a clear threat to democracy and will inevitably divide the nation and lead to economic instability.  It is a dangerous decision,” the PSC said.

After President Granger informed Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo of his decision to unilaterally appoint Retired Justice James Patterson,84, as the new GECOM Chairman,  Jagdeo less than  three hours later announced that hs People’s Progressive Party would not be cooperating with government at any of the elected councils. He has also said his party would no longer be participating in a border committee meeting next week.

Describing the failure of the President and Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo to reach agreement on who from among the 18 names in the the three lists should have been appointed as “extremely unfortunate”, the PSC it had hoped that the country’s two top political leaders would have engaged in a transparent process.

“The Private Sector Commission, throughout the entire process of exchange between the President and the Leader of the Opposition, had hoped that the appointment of the Chairman of GECOM would continue in an open and transparent manner and in accord with the requirements of the Constitution,” the PSC said.

  • Andrew Beharry

    The constitution give the President the prerogative if there is no list in a set time frame by the opposition…

    • john

      The list must be acceptable by the president.

      (2) Subject to the provisions of paragraph (4), the Chairman
      of the Elections Commission shall be a person who holds or who has held office
      as a judge of a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal
      matters in some part of the Commonwealth or a court having jurisdiction in
      appeals from any such court or who is qualified to be appointed as any such
      judge, or any other fit and proper person, to be appointed by the President
      from a list of six persons, not unacceptable to the President, submitted by the
      Leader of the Opposition after meaningful consultation with the non
      governmental political partied represented in the National Assembly. Provided
      that if the Leader of the Opposition fails to submit a list as provided for,
      the President shall appoint a person who holds or has held office as a judge of a court having
      unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters in some part of the
      Commonwealth or a court having jurisdiction in appeals from any such court or
      who is qualified to be appointed as any such judge.