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Jagdeo submits list of GECOM nominees to President

 

 

The Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Bharrat Jagdeo at a press conference today announced that he has submitted a third set of names to the President for the selection of a Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).

 

“I am hopeful that he (President Granger) will choose one of the six persons to be the next Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission,” Mr. Jagdeo stated. He further explained, “particularly in light of the ruling of the Chief Justice (ag).”

Mr. Jagdeo did not reveal the names of the persons on the list but said that the Office of the Leader of the Opposition will be issuing a press statement later today with the names of the six persons.

When asked about the possibility of the list being rejected again, the Opposition Leader said that he does not want to speculate. “I do not want to speculate but I hope in light of the Chief Justice’s ruling that the Government will select someone from this,” he declared.

Notably, President David Granger appeared to have shunned the High Court interpretation of the Constitution on the appointment of a Chairman of GECOM. “The Chief Justice gave an interpretation based on her perception of the Law and I will continue to act in accordance with my perception of the Constitution; that is to say I will not appoint somebody who I do not consider fit and proper,” he argued.

Article 161 (2) states that, “… 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…”

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Gilbakka posted:

I am happy to know that the Opposition Leader has finally made a third list of 6 names. Like Mr Jagdeo, "I hope in light of the Chief Justice’s ruling that the Government will select someone from this." 

Bibi, as soon as you get the names please show us. Thanks in advance.

As soon as David Granger acknowledges receipt of the list, the names will be released by the Opposition.

Bibi Haniffa posted:
Gilbakka posted:

I am happy to know that the Opposition Leader has finally made a third list of 6 names. Like Mr Jagdeo, "I hope in light of the Chief Justice’s ruling that the Government will select someone from this." 

Bibi, as soon as you get the names please show us. Thanks in advance.

As soon as David Granger acknowledges receipt of the list, the names will be released by the Opposition.

Okay. Reasonable.

ksazma posted:

Was the PPP this obstinate when they were in government? Did they go about rejecting the list like Granger is doing now? Maybe Granger isn't interested in having general elections.

No.  The PPP always picked from the first and only list submitted by the Opposition at that time.  On two of those occasions, David Granger's name was on the list for a possible GECOM Chair.  However, at that time Granger did not object to the fact that the person must be a Judge or that the person has to be fit and proper based on the perception of the President.

Gilbakka posted:

I am happy to know that the Opposition Leader has finally made a third list of 6 names. Like Mr Jagdeo, "I hope in light of the Chief Justice’s ruling that the Government will select someone from this." 

Bibi, as soon as you get the names please show us. Thanks in advance.

1. Major General Joseph Singh;
2. Mr. Teni Housty;
3. Mr. Sanjeev Datadin;
4. Mrs. Annette Arjoon-Martins;
5. Mr. Onesi La Fleur;
6. Mr. Krishnadatt Persaud;

Bibi Haniffa posted:
Gilbakka posted:

I am happy to know that the Opposition Leader has finally made a third list of 6 names. Like Mr Jagdeo, "I hope in light of the Chief Justice’s ruling that the Government will select someone from this." 

Bibi, as soon as you get the names please show us. Thanks in advance.

1. Major General Joseph Singh;
2. Mr. Teni Housty;
3. Mr. Sanjeev Datadin;
4. Mrs. Annette Arjoon-Martins;
5. Mr. Onesi La Fleur;
6. Mr. Krishnadatt Persaud;

Thanks again. President will have to prepare a strong defence if he rejects Major General Joseph Singh, former GECOM Head. This is my gut reaction at the moment.

GILBAKKA'S PICK:

Major General Joseph Singh, MSS

Major General Joseph Govinda Singh was born on 29 June 1945 at Pln Ogle, East Coast Demerara. In 1956, he won a Government County Scholarship to Queen’s College where he completed his secondary Education and after a short stint in the Civil Service, was among the first batch of Guyanese selected by the British Army in 1965 to attend officer cadet training in the UK, in preparation for the establishment of the Guyana Defence Force of independent Guyana. He is a graduate of Mons Officer Cadet School, Aldershot (1966); the School of Infantry, Warminster (1970); the Army School of Education, Beaconsfield (1970); the Army Free Fall Parachute School, Netheravon (1970); the Army Staff College, Camberley (1977); and, the Royal College of Defence Studies, Belgrave Square, UK (1995).

His service as a commissioned officer spanned 34 years commencing as a Second Lieutenant on June 04 1966; Lieutenant 1968; Captain 1970; Major 1972; Lieutenant Colonel 1975; Colonel 1979; Brigadier 1986; and, Major General 1999. Between 1966 and 1981, he commanded infantry troops at all levels – platoon, company, battalion and brigade, and in all terrain. He was involved in all major field operations in defence of Guyana’s territory. In addition, he held the appointments of OC Recce Platoon, Battalion Adjutant, and General Staff Officer Grade 2 and Grade 1, responsible for all Operations and Training in the Guyana Defence Force. From 1981 to 1990 he was on secondment as the Director General of the Guyana National Service and during this period he had a broad and diverse portfolio which included training of thousands of youth from all strata of the society in nation-building activities in the hinterland of Guyana. During the 1980s, he also carried out assignments as a Special Presidential Envoy to the Front-Line States in East Africa, in the years preceding the end of apartheid in southern Africa, through the mechanisms of the International Association of National Service Organisations, IANSO, of which he was Chairman and Member between 1982 and 1989, and through the South – South Commission, then chaired by former President of Tanzania - Julius Nyerere.

He was re-assigned to the Guyana Defence Force as Chief of Staff in March 1990 and tasked   with the reorganization and retraining of the Guyana Defence Force in preparation for the internationally supervised Free and Fair Elections of 1992.

He successfully transitioned the Force during the change in government in 1992. He served as Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force from 1990 under five Presidents and Commanders-in-Chief until he elected to retire in 2000 having attained the age of fifty-five.

He is a graduate of the University of Guyana (Public Administration), the UK Royal College of De­fence Studies (Post Graduate - International Relations and Strategic Studies), and of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Greenwich University, UK (MSc in Tourism & Protected Landscape Management).

He has published: “The Role of the Military in Environmental Enforcement”; “Strategies in countering non-military threats to emerging Democracies”; and, “Growing up in British Guiana 1945 – 1964”. He also edited and published Caesar de Freitas’ “On the Frontier of Guyana and Brazil, Arthur Hudson’s “The Mataruki Trail”, and Matthew Young’s “Guyana, the Lost El Dorado”. He is also the author of several articles in peer-reviewedbooks and journals.

He is the recipient of the Guyana’s highest military award the Military Service Star and five other national and military awards from Guyana, national awards from Brazil, Venezuela, Suriname, France and Cuba. He is a Fellow of the UK Chartered Management Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, and the Country Representative of the UK Scientific Exploration Society. He is married (1971) to Carolyn and they have one son, James, daughter-in-law Anabelle, and three grandchildren.

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Gilbakka posted:
Bibi Haniffa posted:
Gilbakka posted:

I am happy to know that the Opposition Leader has finally made a third list of 6 names. Like Mr Jagdeo, "I hope in light of the Chief Justice’s ruling that the Government will select someone from this." 

Bibi, as soon as you get the names please show us. Thanks in advance.

1. Major General Joseph Singh;
2. Mr. Teni Housty;
3. Mr. Sanjeev Datadin;
4. Mrs. Annette Arjoon-Martins;
5. Mr. Onesi La Fleur;
6. Mr. Krishnadatt Persaud;

Thanks again. President will have to prepare a strong defence if he rejects Major General Joseph Singh, former GECOM Head. This is my gut reaction at the moment.

Agreed!

Drugb posted:

The jackass president is pushed in a corner, with the British now breathing down his backside, he will have no choice but the pick one of these names. 

It will be not be in his own interest if he rejects a third list. The British definitely has ratcheted up their pressure on Granger and are keeping a close eye on him.

Jagdeo played his card in an excellent manner with Granger.

No other PPP leader would have been able to deal with this fiasco from Granger. Jagdeo has shown great maturity and experience.

Gilbakka posted:
Zed posted:

I think that joe Singh will be acceptable to Granger.

 

Zed, between yesterday and now I've been thinking something. If Opposition Leader had submitted Joe Singh's name on his 1st list instead of Norman McLean's, President might have accepted. Same if Joe Singh's name was on List #2. But ....

The person who the Pressy wants to be GECOM Chair is not Joe Singh.  The list would have been rejected. 

Gilbakka posted:
Zed posted:

I think that joe Singh will be acceptable to Granger.

 

Zed, between yesterday and now I've been thinking something. If Opposition Leader had submitted Joe Singh's name on his 1st list instead of Norman McLean's, President might have accepted. Same if Joe Singh's name was on List #2. But ....

I doubt it. Like Hoyte, Granger will do nothing unless and until forced against the wall by the International powers that be.

It's not a sin to speculate, so Gilbakka is sharing a thought, just in case Joe Singh is rejected.

I've already pointed to the smart-ass Brer Anancy mindset of Guyana's politicians. So, why did President Granger appoint Roxanne George-Wiltshire as Acting Chief Justice? To make her a fit and proper person for GECOM? And why did Roxanne George-Wiltshire rule against President Granger in court at least 2 times? To give the appearance that she is impartial? Is that part of a master plan to spring a surprise on the electorate Brer Anancy style? That's one speculation. I still have the previously hinted one: James Bovell-Drakes.