GECOM says it never agreed to public vetting of polling day staff

Dr. Steve Surujbally
Chairman of GECOM, Dr. Steve Surujbally.
Chairman of GECOM, Dr. Steve Surujbally.

[] – The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has categorically stated that it has given no undertaking to any Political Party that it would publish, for public vetting, the particulars of persons who will be employed to work for the upcoming General and Regional Elections.

GECOM, in a statement on Wednesday, January 21 said this clarification was necessary following an article titled “PPP/C pushing for public vetting of elections day staff”, which was published in a local newspaper.

The article purports that Dr. Steve Surujbally, Chairman of GECOM agreed with a suggestion from the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) for public vetting of future GECOM employees to be facilitated.

“Dr. Surujbally gave no such agreement,” GECOM clarified. It was noted that GECOM’s recruitment will remain professional and will continue to be implemented without influences from any Political Party or other Stakeholders.

GECOM assured that the Commission’s employment process will be guided by established employment best practices towards ensuring that the best candidates with the desired knowledge, skills and experience be appointed to the various positions that are pertinent and specific to elections management.




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