[www.inewsguyana.com] – The fight continues between the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and the ruling People’s Progressive Party (PPP) over the functions of the Elections Body.
General Secretary of the PPP, Clement Rohee says the Party will not adhere to GECOM’s call for the PPP to withdraw certain statements made about Body.
According to Rohee, the Commission continues to disregard the PPP’s concerns on critical issues “that could have negative effects on the integrity of the electoral process.”
He told a news conference on Monday, November 24, that “the PPP will not withdraw any statement on issues that support democracy and a transparent electoral process. GECOM must be reminded that the largest portion of Guyanese who voted in 2011 would have done so for the PPP and it is the Party’s responsibility to those and all Guyanese to ensure that all obstacles are removed to facilitate free and fair elections.”
The General Secretary noted that the PPP will continue to advocate in favour of the legitimate concerns of all Guyanese.
“If this is seen as attacking the Chairman and Commission then it is our view that transparency does not appear to be a priority for GECOM.”
He said that GECOM must provide answers for the large number of spoilt and rejected ballots in 2011.
“From all indications, it seems GECOM has the answers and it is in the interest of our country that GECOM correct the deficiencies that existed in 2011 which resulted in an East Bank Demerara polling station in a traditional PPP stronghold area recording over twenty (20) rejected ballots. In our humble assessment, spoilt and rejected ballots can only emanate from lack of voters’ education or poor training of polling day staff, GECOM should take its pick,” Rohee said.
He explained that as a major political stakeholder and the oldest political party in Guyana, the PPP was never officially informed by GECOM of its intentions to recruit and train polling day staff.
“The Party was only made aware of this through the media. The PPP calls on GECOM to publish names and addresses of all those persons who have been recruited and trained thus far, especially for the positions of Returning Officers, Deputy Returning Officers, Elections Clerk, Clerical Assistants among others. This will serve the best interest of GECOM and at the same time allow for public vetting and confidence building in the entire process.”