[www.inewsguyana.com] – Recently appointed Deputy Chief Election Officer (CEO), Vishnu Persaud has debunked claims by the ruling People’s Progressive Party Civic that the Preliminary List of Electors (PLE) might be padded.
During a telephone interview with iNews, Persaud, who was also appointed at the Deputy Commissioner of Registration, said that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) “stands by the accuracy of the registration database.”
The PPP in a statement on Wednesday, August 14, alleged that there is steep surge in names amounting to 78,000 plus new registrants on the PLE whereas the pattern over the years has been approximately 11,000 in certain communities that have traditionally supported the PNC.
Persaud, however, noted that GECOM can investigate any issue raised by any political party.
“We would be willing to consider investigating the concern of any political party in so far as the accuracy of database is concern,” Persaud said.
Persaud was yesterday sworn in as the Deputy Chief Election Officer/Deputy Commissioner of Registration (DCEO/DCNR) following the approval for his appointment to this twin position by GECOM.
According to a press release from GEGOM, Persaud’s appointment resulted from a transparent recruitment process which involved (i) advertising the vacant position, (ii) receiving applications and shortlisting suitable candidates, and (iii) the conduct of interviews by a panel comprising the GECOM Chairman, four Commissioners and the Chief Election Officer.
Prior to this appointment, Persaud served as GECOM’s Public Relations Officer since November 2001. He also served GECOM in the capacity of Scribe to the commission from 2004 to April this year, and as Personal Assistant to the Chairman from 2002 up to the point his current appointment.
Persaud holds the Diploma in Public Relations from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and the Level 5 Certificate in Elections Management from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), both being Educational Institutions in the United Kingdom.