Dr Surujbally warns against irresponsible reporting during elections

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By Tracey Khan – Drakes

Chairman of GECOM (center), Dr Steve Surujbally along with media managers and owners. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] –Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Dr. Steve Surujbally has made it clear that the Commission will not stand idly by this time around and allow irresponsible reporting leading up to the May 11, 2015 general and regional elections.

The Chairman was at the time speaking at the singing of the revised code of conduct by media owners and managers, where he emphasized that the Commission has proven itself more than once to be non- partisan and will not continue to engage stakeholders further on this topic.

“We do at the same time feel that if someone is getting out of line, notwithstanding the media monitoring unit and what they say, we will not take it sitting down, now it is true that persons might provoke us into making these statements,” the GECOM Chairman said.

He further noted that the Commission has proven itself more than once to be fair.

“You ask us a question, we give you an answer; if that is the situation that we have to be continuously proving ourselves or answering the nonsense I don’t know that it is the right way…we have an elections to run not jumping behind people who shout about $20M spent in batteries.”

He also made reference to a government newspaper which reported that a Berbice resident suffered a fatal heart attack after finding out that A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance for Change (AFC) formed a coalition to contest the upcoming elections.

“Certain things would be very clear as to what we would consider incorrect journalism…there was a statement in one of the papers about an elderly Berbice man suffering a heart attack having received certain news, now that one can’t pass, you’re not going to allow that to pass.”

The GECOM Chairman stressed that he will not be dragged into foolishness and will remain focused on ensuring that the Commission performs to the best of its ability.