GECOM axes Boodhoo

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The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) yesterday, Tuesday July 16 voted against the renewal of the contract for Gocool Boodoo, who was the Chief Elections Officer.

In this regard, GECOM will now be advertising the post, giving Boodhoo free reign to re – apply for the position, which he has held for the past three elections in Guyana.

iNews was reliably informed that the seven member commission vote was not unanimous, as there was a 4 – 3 vote against Boodoo.

Sources within the Commission told this news site that the Chairman of GECOM, Dr. Steve Surujbally and the three opposition-nominated commissioners voted against the renewal of Boodoo’s contract and the three PPPC-nominated commissioners voted for his services to be retained.

Recently, Boodoo tried to block the commission from deciding his fate, but the case was eventually thrown out by Chief Justice Ian Chang.

Both opposition political parties – A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance for Change (AFC) had called for Boodhoo’s contract not to be renewed.

Recently, Commissioner Vincent Alexander revealed that Boodoo had allegedly used the wrong formula to calculate the 2006 and 2011 elections to give the Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) an edge.

Alexander related that he spotted the wrong formula was used by Boodoo in calculating the 2011 election results which had originally given the PPPC a one-seat majority.

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