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. 

Gilbakka posted:

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. 

Is/WAS this the violent pro-PNC magistrate?

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I am concerned about Jagdeo's third list of nominees for GECOM's chairman for one simple reason. Granger may hatch up another excuse to reject the list once again. Granger is not a stupid person about the constitution and its interpretations. He has been using his own rules to reject the prior two lists. Basil Williams threatens a Judge, and no apology was given. Granger tries the same when the Judge, whom he appointed ruled against him. Trotman (former speaker) believes the House of Assembly has powers over the court. All PNC members used intimidation, one way or another, to show the general public who is the boss. Granger doesn't care how anyone sees him, or what the news may write or say about him. He is already looking forward to keeping the PNC in power beyond the year 2020. It's wrong to remind him of the judge's ruling on the interpretation of the Constitution. That's like begging him to be civil and compromise. Granger is a soldier in spirit and soul. He can say it better than Ramjattan to tell Jagdeo to haul his ass if he believes otherwise.

Former GECOM Chair, Dr Steve Surujbally

August 27,2017 Source

–honest and dedicated despite challenges

FORMER Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Dr Steve Surujbally is advising his successor to uphold the tenets of the very important office.
Surujbally, who served as GECOM Chairman for some fifteen-and-a-half years, said the new GECOM chair must be honest, dedicated and non-partisan at all times despite the plethora of challenges that may arise.

In reflecting on his tenure as GECOM chair, Dr Surujbally examined the achievements under his stewardship, but noted that history will be the final arbiter on whether anything meaningful and of permanent substance has been achieved.

β€œOur accomplishments, especially in the technical and administrative areas, not only speak for themselves, but are an example and inspiration for Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) in other developing democracies to follow,” Dr Surujbally said. β€œIn fact, we have arguably reached the stage where an application can be made for ISO certification,” he added in a document seen by the Guyana Chronicle.

He also reflected on whether his pledge to be honest, dedicated, impartial and fair has been accomplished. β€œI have no doubt in my mind that I was always honest, constantly and seriously pursuing credibility for myself and the GECOM family.”
In the case of dedication, the former head of GECOM said he spent long hours researching and analyzing imbroglios and finding acceptable solutions, while neglecting his family at what can be considered crucial moments.

He maintained a non-partisan stance and said, β€œOf course, this self-perception might not be accepted by all, for whatever unsubstantiated and invented reasons or just following someone else’s maliciously concocted script.”
Surjubally reminded that the afore-mentioned features had to be executed in an environment to which he was forced to recognise and internalise the β€œthe pervasive reality that any incorrect decision, any mistake could have severe even irreversible repercussions.”

β€œIf there is any legacy, it would be simply found in the truism that in the pre, peri, post and inter-electoral periods associated with four elections, including the first Local Government Elections in 22 years, there was no massive turbulence which seemed compulsory at elections in Guyana.”

He noted however that though there was β€œno blood flowing in the street,” no image-destroying atrocities and only few known cases of destructive vandalism during his tenure, there were scattered and infrequent periods of boisterousness and furore which were contained quickly.

Dr Surujbally lauded the political parties for adhering to the tenets enshrined in the GECOM- sponsored and effected Political Party Code of Conduct, which was signed by all mainstream competing stakeholders.
Noting that the GECOM’s achievements over the past fifteen and a half years have been documented annually, Dr Surujbally said the GECOM chairman and his or her team β€œcan only use the truth as their shield.”

β€œThe chairperson may be blunt with the truth or cosmeticize it, but he or she must never allow utterances to morph into mellifluous falsehoods and β€˜alternative facts’…staying on the proverbial β€œstraight and narrow” is made considerably more difficult when there exists an atmosphere of hostility, dislike, discontent and unmitigated and brazenly overt malevolence.”

But notwithstanding that, Surujbally said the new GECOM chairman β€œmust steer the ship of GECOM, during any storm, of which there will be many, to peaceful and acceptable ports using the mechanisms of negotiation, consensus and compromise, while maintaining fixity of purpose.”
He said, too, that when logical suasion cannot be achieved, the chairperson must have no fear exercising his or her casting vote which is permissible by law, as there will always be politicians, private sector leaders, the media and other stakeholders with β€œperverse and prevaricatory predeterminations.”

The former GECOM chairman said too that attempts will be made to besmirch GECOM’s image through improper and corrupting assumptions and noted the commission’s new chairman must be prepared for such occurrences.

β€œDespite confronting and overcoming the difficulties associated with incessant fractiousness, it was indeed an honour to serve, for more than a decade and a half, as Chairman of GECOM. I thank commissioners past and present for sharing their wisdom and knowledge, and for offering me options and guidance within the decision-making process…I wish my successor all the very best, even as I feel compelled to remind him or her that the Chairmanship of GECOM is not only an honour and privilege, but more a responsibility and a commitment to our motherland,” said Dr Surujbally.

A new GECOM chairman is yet to be appointed by President David Granger following consultations with Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo. On Friday, Jagdeo submitted a third list to the President after the first two he submitted were rejected.

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Surujbally is calling for fairness from the next Chairman as if GECOM was supposed to be unfair in the election process as he was. When Surujbally will come out and admit that he gave the election to Granger in a silver platter to earned his pound of gold? This man should shut the frigg up and spend his U.S. million is peace. I hope he choked and die on something before the million is spent.

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