By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The ruling People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is maintaining its displeasure with the appointment of Richard Francois as the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and is calling on the election body to make public his Terms of Reference (TOR), job description and contractual arrangements.
The PPP contends that Francois is openly supportive of the political Opposition and provided several pieces of evidence from Francois’ personal Facebook page, dating back years ago, to support its claim.
At press conference this morning, Monday, October 20, General Secretary of the Party, Clement Rohee said, “if they want to be transparent, let them publish terms of reference and job description of Mr Francois as well as his contractual arrangements…let us carry this thing right down to the wire.”
Rohee believes that the PRO has the ability to compromise the integrity of GECOM.
However, Chairman of GECOM, Dr Steve Surujbally is reported in some sections of the media as expressing confidence in Francois. The Chairman cited the constitution which noted that political parties must not become involved in the management of 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!
He also worked with the Ministry of Education and the National Communications Network (NCN).