By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) says it will proceed full speed ahead with the publication of the May 11, 2015 General and Regional Elections without the list of Members of Parliament for the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C).
According to GECOM’s Legal Advisor Wanita Barker, the Commission had a meeting on Tuesday, June 02 and took the decision that it would proceed “full speed ahead” without the Party’s candidates.
Section 99 of the Representation of the People’s Act stipulates that the results of the elections be publicly declared and published in the Gazette “as soon as possible but no later than 15 days” following elections day.
The published results indicate the number of votes cast for each list of candidates, the number of rejected ballot papers; the number of seats allocated to each list of candidates; and the names of the persons who, as a result of the election, have become members of the National Assembly.
When asked about the legal ramifications of publishing the result, the Legal Advisor declined to comment; however Chairman of the Commission Dr Steve Surujbally told iNews that when the Party is ready to submit its list of Parliamentarians, it will do so and GECOM will then undertake the necessary work.
Meanwhile, when contacted, PPP Executive and Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall said there was nothing illegal about gazetting the results without the PPP’s MP list.
In fact, he proffered that GECOM violated the Representation of the People’s Act by waiting for than 15 days to gazette the results.