By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP), following its objection to the newly appointed Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) earlier this week has provided evidence, dating back as much as four years, to cement its claim that Richard Francios is openly supportive of the political opposition.
The PPP has also written GECOM’s Chairman, Dr. Steve Surujbally drawing his attention to the evidence and to formally object to the Francios’ appointment.
The PPP restated in its letter “while the PPP respects the rights and freedom of employment, it is our view that Mr. Francios’ known background and political allegiance will compromise the professionalism of GECOM and lead to the bias discharge of his duties.”
The ruling Party says information reaching its members indicates that based on statements made during the run up to the 2011 general elections, the Former Ministry of Education employee is openly supportive and sympathetic to the opposition.
Attached to the letter to Dr. Surujbally are pinpoints of post on Francios’ facebook page as well as articles and letters published in his name in the Kaieteur News.
The PPP is calling on GECOM to withdraw his appointment immediately to ensure its own integrity is protected and the nation is fed with accurate and reliable information from GECOM.
In 2010, François completed his Master of Arts (Honours) Degree from Middlesex University, London in the field of Marketing Communications. He attended the Dubai campus of the university.
Richard graduated from the University of Guyana in 2005 with a Degree in Communications.
He is the former Public Relations Officer (ag) of Guyana Power and Light Inc. (GPL) who pioneered the Company’s first major and successful energy conservation campaign entitled ‘Switch it Off, Plug it Out!