[www.inewsguyana.com] – Former Guyana Defence Force Officer Keith Lowenfield is the new Chief Elections Officer of the Guyana Elections Commission.
The news came as A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) moments ago congratulated Lowenfield on his appointment as the Chief Elections Officer.
The Party said it is confident that during Lowenfield’s tenure as Chief Elections Officer there will be non-controversial and properly administered elections.
Speaking with iNews during a telephone interview on February 5, Public Relations Officer of GECOM, Vishnu Persaud had stated then that four persons have been shortlisted for the post of CEO.
Persaud had said that two foreigners were among the four of which acting CEO Calvin Benn and Senior Officer Keith Lowenfield were the locals.
It is important that a substantive CEO be in place as the country prepares to hold Local Government Elections sometime this year for the first time in 19 years.
The position became vacant after GECOM did not renew the contract of Gocool Boodhoo. The decision not to renew was controversial with the Chairman Dr. Surujbally, who is said to have voted with the opposition for his removal from the Commission.
Boodhoo had been at the centre of a dispute over the formula used to calculate the results of the November 2011 general and regional elections.
iNews (www.inewsguyana.com) had reported earlier this year that GECOM would have sidestepped Benn for the position and that Lowenfield was the favoured candidate. However, this reported was debunked by the GECOM officials.
This news service reported that Lowenfield’s GDF background will win him the support of the three opposition members of GECOM. APNU Leader David Granger is a retired Brigadier and Lowenfield was one of his junior officers.