GECOM secretariat was told to begin elections preparations – PPP Commissioners

3:05 / 09.02.2019 Guyana Times, Source -- https://theworldnews.net/gy-ne...ns-ppp-commissioners

Elections in 90 days

Opposition nominated Commissioners on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) have sharply rebuffed claims made by Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield that the secretariat has not been instructed to begin preparing for elections.

At a press conference on Friday, Commissioners Sase Gunraj and Robeson Benn had a different story to tell. They revealed that members and then the full Commission had in fact agreed to give the secretariat the green-light to start preparations.

According to the Commissioners, consensus on this issue was reached when the seven-member decision-making body met recently. The Commissioners said even before they reached consensus, they had been making suggestions to the secretariat to start some aspects of the elections preparations for weeks.

“From the December 22, it was my view that we should have gone into operations mode. And I kept using the old adage of Con***ius in the Commission that the best time to plant a tree was a hundred years ago and the next best time is now,” Gunraj informed the media.

“On January 22 when we met, the thrust from myself and colleagues was that we should go into operations mode. That has been met by objections and the objections as recent as Tuesday, because issues are being raised about the funding for the secretariat,” he added.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Benn revealed that at the very first meeting the Commission had in January, the secretariat was told to go ahead and procure materials such as ink and stamps. He said that they were surprised to learn subsequently that the secretariat was yet to act on these instructions.

“I was under the distinct impression during the discussion that that (procurement) would have been done. That was a simple matter. At the next meeting we heard, oh we haven’t been given the go ahead.”

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GECOM Commissioner Sase Gunraj

The Commissioners were appalled by the statements made by the GECOM Chairman and Chief Elections Officer (CEO) at their earlier press conference on Friday. At that press conference, CEO Keith Lowenfield, told the media that the Secretariat is yet to receive instructions from the Commission to commence its elections preparation.

In addition, it was claimed that the secretariat needs another 148 days before it is fully ready to host the constitutionally mandated General and Regional Elections. Gunraj and Benn both dismissed this timeline and made it clear that Lowenfield’s job was to get the election machinery rolling in keeping with the constitutional timeline.

“Guyana’s Constitution provides for expedient circumstances to resolve such issues. Ninty days are prescribed. It means that the GECOM must be ready for elections at any 90-day period. We just came out of elections were over 40,000 people were trained and ink were present.”

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GECOM Commissioner Robeson Benn

“These things should have been checked on since December 22. The procurement of these items being an issue is a gimmick. My biggest worry is that they (secretariat) moved and then suddenly they seem to have come to a stop, there was no further activity,” Benn said.

The parliamentary Opposition and other observers have accused Government of attempting to delay the holding of the constitutionally mandated elections following the passage of the No-confidence Motion of December 21, 2018.

The three-month time frame in which the polls should be held was validated in a judicial interpretation by acting Chief Justice Roxane George, who declared that the motion was validly passed 33-32.

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Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield

The complaint has been that GECOM was unforthcoming about its preparedness for the mandatory elections despite being mandated by the Constitution of Guyana to hold elections within three months of the passage of a no-confidence motion.

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Demerara_Guy posted:

GECOM secretariat was told to begin elections preparations – PPP Commissioners

3:05 / 09.02.2019 Guyana Times, Source -- https://theworldnews.net/gy-ne...ns-ppp-commissioners

Elections in 90 days

“Guyana’s Constitution provides for expedient circumstances to resolve such issues. Ninty days are prescribed. It means that the GECOM must be ready for elections at any 90-day period. We just came out of elections were over 40,000 people were trained and ink were present.”
 

The Chief Justice's decision upholds the vote made on December 22, 2018 that the government lost in parliament and elections must be held within ninety days from that date; i.e., before March 22, 2019.

While the government is pursuing various issues; the fundamental and focused point is that the Chief Justice's decision is what the government MUST pursue and follow.

The Commissioners were appalled by the statements made by the GECOM Chairman and Chief Elections Officer (CEO) at their earlier press conference on Friday. At that press conference, CEO Keith Lowenfield, told the media that the Secretariat is yet to receive instructions from the Commission to commence its elections preparation.

In addition, it was claimed that the secretariat needs another 148 days before it is fully ready to host the constitutionally mandated General and Regional Elections. Gunraj and Benn both dismissed this timeline and made it clear that Lowenfield’s job was to get the election machinery rolling in keeping with the constitutional timeline.

How incompetent are these PNC fools? 

Django posted:

More stories to laugh about , Guyana Times articles like comedy central.

Good Sunday Morning Django. Bai, like you never see the "scampishness" of the PNC. No matter what evil they dream of or commit, that's cool with you. Robbing the people of their constitutional right is nothing to laugh at or ignore. Again I say, you are far from being an independent. You are strongly in the back pocket of the PNC.

skeldon_man posted:
Django posted:

More stories to laugh about , Guyana Times articles like comedy central.

Good Sunday Morning Django. Bai, like you never see the "scampishness" of the PNC. No matter what evil they dream of or commit, that's cool with you. Robbing the people of their constitutional right is nothing to laugh at or ignore. Again I say, you are far from being an independent. You are strongly in the back pocket of the PNC.

Read my response on this thread

https://guyana.hoop.la/topic/e...6#590585063916808526

you will get an idea what is Constitutional rights.

Django posted:
skeldon_man posted:
Django posted:

More stories to laugh about , Guyana Times articles like comedy central.

Good Sunday Morning Django. Bai, like you never see the "scampishness" of the PNC. No matter what evil they dream of or commit, that's cool with you. Robbing the people of their constitutional right is nothing to laugh at or ignore. Again I say, you are far from being an independent. You are strongly in the back pocket of the PNC.

Read my response on this thread

https://guyana.hoop.la/topic/e...6#590585063916808526

you will get an idea what is Constitutional rights.

Bai, you can't hide you colors like dem salipenta. You doina bad jaab.

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