[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.