Chief Whips to meet with GECOM

─ on preparedness for possible elections

─ meeting expected to happen soon

DPI, Guyana, Friday, January 11, 2019

Chief Whips from both Government and Opposition will soon be meeting with the officials of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).

Following a mandate agreed to by President David Granger and Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo, Government’s Chief Whip, Minister Amna Ally and Opposition’s Chief Whip, Gail Teixeira to meet with GECOM on its readiness for possible elections.

Minister Ally, during an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI), said she has started the process and awaits a response from GECOM.

“Mr. Lowenfield [Chief Elections Officer] said that he has no difficulty, but he has asked me to write to the chairman, [Justice Retired] James Patterson of the elections commission. This, I did, speedily yesterday afternoon and the letter has been dispatched to the chairman of the elections commission as well as the chief elections officer, requesting a meeting to have us briefed on the matter of GECOM’s preparedness for elections.”

The Government Chief Whip said she will be entering the discussion with an open mind. She said that what is vital, is to be fully briefed on how prepared the commission is for an election.

“Whether we are to have elections within 90 days, whether we are going to have elections after. I cannot anticipate them. Whatever the commission tells us, then we are going to be in a position to brief our principal on the status quo of GECOM in terms of preparedness for the elections” the minister stated.

By: Isaiah Braithwaite.

Image: Tejpaul Bridgemohan.


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