By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewguyana.com] – The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is being accused of being hasty in its hiring and training of Polling day staff, something the governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has said it is very concerned about.
Speaking to the media this morning (Monday, November 03), General Secretary of the PPP, Clement Rohee said the Party is also “disappointed” with the total lack of communication and disregard for the major political stakeholders in this process.
Rohee recalled that serious questions were already raised over the transparency of GECOM’s recruitment practices and reminded the Commission that in 2012 it had committed to enhancing the involvement of political parties to avoid partisan behaviour and attitude of Polling Day staff.
To this end, the governing Party wants the Elections Commission to make public the list of persons selected and the policies and criteria used in the process.
Rohee said the Party is concerned after several persons contacted its Party offices and voiced their disappointment in the selection process.
“The Guyanese people are curious to know whether the persons selected demonstrate proper and adequate representation of all,” he said; adding that the PPP is “curious to know the contents ofGECOM’s training” whether its general or local government elections related.
He reminded of the pending No Confidence Motion against the government which could trigger national elections once successful and the weekly protest by the main Opposition calling for local government elections.
The President has already said however, that he will not name a date for LGE now.
Meanwhile, Rohee said it is surprising that the Opposition seems to be in a state of hibernation when it comes to issues of GECOM and has asked or issued no statement on the Body’s preparedness for any of those elections.
“Is it that they are privy to privileged information, or huffing and puffing without oxygen?” Rohee questioned, even as he registered his Party’s concern with the late release of the Official List of Electors (OLE) which was promised on October 30.
Rohee reminded GECOM that the PPP is a major stakeholder in elections and will always be ready and willing to participate whenever the time arises.