[www.inewsguyana.com] – The People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) says it feels vindicated by a recent ruling of Chief Justice Ian Chang on whether the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is allowed to issue Certificates of Employment to political agents on elections day.
The Commission, prompted by APNU+AFC request, had approached the High Court for an interpretation of the law as it relates to the issuance of the certificates.
It was interpreted by the Court that GECOM is not lawfully allowed to issue the certificates to polling agents of the various political Parties.
“Having been rebuffed by the Court, the Commission licking its wounds returned to its High Street habitat to commiserate on the Court’s directive, it appears that another vote was taken but this time there was no majority decision unlike the previous occasion when there was consensus on the matter,” a PPP statement noted.
According to the PPP, this is a good lesson learnt by GECOM. “The mistake was made by GECOM in taking to the Court a request for an interpretation and a ruling on whether an elector can vote outside his or her Electoral District.
“The PPP had raised this matter some time ago with GECOM enquiring whether there would be a reaffirmation by GECOM of the practice not to allow Party Polling Agents to vote outside their respective Electoral Districts to which they have been assigned by their respective political parties. The answer the Party received from the Chief Elections Officer was in the affirmative; yes GECOM would uphold the legal position meaning Party Polling Agents will not be allowed to vote at Polling Stations outside of their respective Electoral Districts,” said the statement.
The PPP is of the firm view that Party Polling Agents must be placed at Polling Stations in their respective Electoral Districts which allows them to cast their votes at that particular Polling Station where they will be working on Election Day.