[www.inewsguyana.com] – The governing People’s Progressive Party has expressed concerns over what it deemed as a “flawed and secretive” employment policy of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).
The Party in a press statement to the media today, Monday, October 13, stated that GECOM is an organization which should be transparent and accountable so as to safeguard its own integrity and the country’s democracy.
“It is expected that those placed in charge of these organizations will adopt near flawless practices and policies that will be bi-partisan in nature and involves the major stakeholders in decision making,” the Party stated.
The PPP has publicly objected to the appointment of Mr. Richard Francois as Public Relations Officer of GECOM on the basis that he is openly supportive of the Opposition.
The Party also provided evidence, dating back as much as four years, to cement its claim.
“Mr. Francois Face Book page can verify these claims along with the numerous anti-PPP articles published in the Kaieteur News in his name. The Party recently wrote to the Chairman of the Commission objecting to his appointment and is awaiting firm and decisive actions towards this effect. The track record of Mr. Francois speaks volume on his lack of professionalism and association with the opposition. The PPP is fully aware that every Guyanese has a right to favour a political Party but we are also aware that an organization like GECOM and the position he holds comes with responsibility and fairness,” the PPP noted.
The PPP says it is not confident that the nation will be fed with accurate and reliable information under Mr. Francois’s watch.
Meanwhile, the Party also noted that it is surprised by the sacking of Deolall Ramlall without justification.
“Mr. Ramlall has years of experience in electioneering and with the appointment of a new CEO and DCEO one would have expected that his experience would have been necessary and vital, especially with the possibility of an early elections. One is therefore, left to wonder the motive of GECOM’s action and the rationale behind these decisions.”