By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) says it submitted its ten lists of regional candidates to become Councillors in the regions, following the May 11 general and regional elections; however it was rejected by the Guyana Elections Commission.
The PPP, in a press statement on Friday, June 26, stated that the lists were submitted at 15:00 hrs “to the Guyana Elections Commission and was rejected by the authorities there.”
It was noted that the 176 Councillors will replace the PPP/C in the ten Administrative Regions. The PPP/C contested all ten (10) Administrative Regions in the recent elections and won seven.
When contacted by iNews to clarify on what grounds GECOM rejected the lists, General Secretary of the Party, Clement Rohee explained that there was no one at the GECOM office to receive the documents and he was informed that GECOM staff and officials “have a big bash up at Splashmins, which I understand is costing over $50 million…so the whole staff is up at Splashmins having a big bash.”
When questioned by iNews if this can be described as a ‘rejection’ given the fact that GECOM is not available, Rohee said, “There was nobody there to receive it so they turned us away with it.”
The General Secretary said efforts are being made by the PPP to make contact with GECOM’s Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally to rectify the issue.
Efforts made by iNews to contact Dr Surujbally proved futile.