Major security breaches at GECOM – PPP now claims

Chairman of GECOM, Dr. Steve Surujbally.


By Kurt Campbell

General Secretary of the PPP, Clement Rohee [right] and PPP member, Zulficar Mustapha. [iNews' Photo]
General Secretary of the PPP, Clement Rohee [right] and PPP member, Zulficar Mustapha. [iNews’ Photo]
[] – The ruling Party has taken another swipe at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM); this time alleging that there have been security breaches at the institution.

According to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), it is concerned with the significant losses of electoral equipment and other material from GECOM; claiming that some 25 cartoons of indelible electoral ink and dozens of black water tanks have gone missing and are unaccounted for.

General Secretary of the PPP, Clement Rohee told reporters this morning (Monday, October 27) that what is even more alarming is that there seems be efforts to keep these breaches from public and stakeholders.

“Covering up breaches could shake the confidence and trust stakeholders have in the GECOM,” Rohee said even as he called on the Commission’s Chairman Dr. Steve Surujbally to provide the full details of the alleged breaches.

He said assurances must also be given that appropriate action will be taken against those found responsible.

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

“The police must be called in to investigate… for too long equipment and items bought by taxpayers’ money are being declared lost and no one is being held accountable,” Rohee added even as he recalled the incident where several laptop computers were declared missing for which no one has been held accountable.

Rohee used the opportunity to register once more his Party’s disapproval with the appoint of Richard Francios as GECOM’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) and reiterated calls for the withdrawal of his appointment.

“Such position requires absolute neutrality… he has been openly supportive of the Opposition many times… the PPP calls on Guyanese to demand fair and un-bias employment practices by GECOM.”

Meanwhile, when asked if his Party has lost trust in the GECOM Chairman since most, if not all, of the 15 and more issues raised by the Party has not seen the Commission taking any action, Rohee said that is being assessed.

“I’m not saying we have confidence in Surujbally… I am saying that the process out of which he was appointed, the government had to have confidence in him and thus far there has not been anything to make us shift from that position… we are laying issues before him and expect he will take up these matters,” Rohee told reporters.

He said his Party has noted the public statement by the Chairman on all aspects of the electoral process and even lecturing political parties but observed that in all the “media hype” there has been an absence of updates on education of Guyanese on outstanding issues concerning local government elections.

“All we hear is that he needs a window of six months to prepare but absent is GECOM’s road map for the elections.”

He said GECOM must address all issues raised in a frank and open manner.




  1. As soon as the PPP man get drops from Gecom, they feel the power slipping haha. Maybe this time we might have in the history of Guyana a true free and fair election. And who ever wins the people’s voices will be heard..

  2. Rohee has been running with a flavor of the week excuse against Gecom for not wanting elections:
    1. The people are not ready!
    2. Gecom is not ready!
    3. The voters list has dead people, including Arthur Chung!
    4. 80,000 new voters is a new high for registrants!
    5. Richard Francois is an opposition supporter!
    6. Gecom had a major security breach!

    The PPP has every right to be scared; their corruption is cornering them!

  3. wood U nat scared if PNC rig eleckshion again?
    they skrew us frontwards and backwards foh 28 years
    R U morons glutton foh moh?

  4. Fear is taking its toll on the PPP/C, thats all. The mole hills suddenly become mountains in their desperation to hold on to power. Let see how much their gutter politics will earn then at the polls.

  5. I was of the opinion that GECOM and Surujballi were PPP’s ideas and brainchildren! Darn they had me fooled. Maybe its a case of when rogues etc fall out; all…………! Can we get to other more important issues than Rohee and his party’s fear of going to the polls??

  6. looks like the riggers at work.
    who else will steal electoral equipment?
    well looks like a cat is hired to watchman the milk
    well anything is expected at GECOM.
    Sooroo is in charge?

  7. no one will be held accountable—again….dont sweat it..
    surujbally and vishnu persaud are afc big time molds in afc..
    they get PNC to pray pon all those who support PPP till they run away..
    why you think AFC was pushing for no confidence?
    why you think PNC pushing for LGE?
    they all know things well fixed in GECOM.


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