“GECOM will be its own worst enemy” – PPP disappointed after meeting

Keith Lowenfield, Chief Election Officer and Chairman of GECOM, Dr Steve Surujbally
PPP and GECOM officials at the meeting
PPP and GECOM officials at the meeting

[www.inewsguyana.com] – The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) says that after a recent meeting with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) it was left none the wiser since no additional information was given to them.

The General Secretary of the Party, Clement Rohee lamented that the PPP left the meeting on Tuesday November 03, wholly “disappointed” with the explanations offered by GECOM to a slew of questions put to the commission on the conduct of Local Government Elections.

The PPP said it raised concerns relative to the qualifying date of February 29, 2016, the period for Claims and Objections versus a 9th cycle of continuous registration, the non-availability of lists for each constituency for use during the Claims and Objections period and voters education among others.

“Of the eight issues raised only one was addressed to the satisfaction of the PPP delegation. The prevailing attitude of the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) throughout the meeting was characterized by indifference, being defensive and evasive in respect to questions and clarifications sought by the delegation,” Rohee stated.

The General Secretary noted that the PPP delegation expressed its dissatisfaction with GECOM’s public relations activities in connection with the holding of local government elections and advised that were the elections to be held in March of 2016 it would be competing with a host of other national events that are likely to be held around the same period.

“The PPP delegation informed the Commission that it was leaving the meeting dissatisfied with the attitude of non-cooperation and non-disclosure towards the delegation. The delegation expressed the view that GECOM will end up being its own worst enemy since it refuses to address comprehensively and objectively the reservations and concerns of a major national stakeholder with thirty-two (32) seats in the National Assembly and that controls seven (7) of the ten (10) administrative Regions,” he stated.

It was argued that the predisposition of the Chairman and CEO of GECOM to clam up and to skillfully dodge questions posed to them by the PPP delegation will only prove counter-productive and help exacerbate the already existing tension between the PPP and GECOM.

Rohee was clear that the Party does not believe GECOM has the competency to supervise the holding of elections noting that this concern has been expressed on the other side of the political divide as well.

Asked why not raise these concerns years ago when the Party was in government, Rohee was adamant that the PPP has continuously expressed concerns about GECOM, even after winning elections supervised by the Body.



  1. GECOM has all right to treat you the way it has done,because,only a fool will believe that he or she can win all the time.You are not indispensable,FOOL.Continue with your protests.

  2. “GECOM will be its own worst enemy” – PPP disappointed after meeting

    What major national stakeholder with thirty-two (32) seats in the National Assembly and that controls seven (7) of the ten (10) administrative Regions this clown Rohee talking about?

    Your people do not take to the streets for their rights.
    Their votes never counted so stop talking about elections period.
    U cant get them on to the streets in front of the US embassy since it was the US that installed this PNC regime again.
    Your supporters have to take whatever US and PNC do them because they will always want their US visas to run from Guyana even when you PPP dummies in power. You PPP top brass treat your support base worse than shit while appeaing PNC supporters to win their hearts minds votes. PPP get PNC lowrah now.

  3. Update the voting count procedure and bring it into the 21st Century with everyone else and I’m sure money was given to assist in this but was spirited away by those who has access to it…. And for the PPP, get over yourselves, you lost as you didn’t gave the backing you thought you had so go away, shut the F up and regroup…your becoming more and more irrelevant by the day

  4. GECOM should close down! Guyana need computerized voting systems similar to north america. Why are these fools so much back in technologies? Canada has more than 40 Million people out of which at least 20 million voted during the general election….poll closed at 9PM and election results were out at 11PM…..Why Guyana cannot implement similar systems? OOOOO Wait, this would defeat the purpose of the PNC regime to rig elections….and would defeat the purpose of the USA installing their dummy governments…..

  5. The PPP will never be satisfied with GECOM. I expect them to disagree with every that will be beneficial to all Guyanese and Guyana.


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