By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is refuting claims made by General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Clement Rohee that the Body refused to answer questions posed to them at a recent meeting.
Rohee at a press conference on Monday, November 09 had alleged that GECOM was “indifferent, defensive and evasive” when questions were posed to the Commission at a recent meeting.
But GECOM Chairman Dr Steve Surujbally at a press conference on Thursday, November 12, made it clear that the Commission answered the questions posed by Rohee in good faith and to the best of their knowledge.
The questions posed by the PPP were answered by Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield, reporters were told. Dr Surujbally described the onslaught thrown at GECOM as “abuse” coming from the General Secretary.
He said that he was “quite surprised at some of the language used.” This of course, is given the claim that GECOM answered the questions in a proper manner.
“The bending over backwards was so blatant in our responses,” said the GECOM chairman.
He said it is difficult to understand why the PPP has chosen to take this recourse but his own personal view is that it was to “embarrass” GECOM.
Rohee had said that the PPP left the meeting on November 03 with GECOM, wholly “disappointed” with the explanations offered to a slew of questions put to the Commission on the conduct of Local Government Elections.
Rohee was clear that the Party does not believe GECOM has the competency to supervise the holding of elections noting that this concern has been expressed on the other side of the political divide as well.