GECOM Commissioners to make proposals on CJ’s ruling

DPI, Guyana, Friday, August 23, 2019

 Commissioners of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) will, next Tuesday, submit proposals for the elections body to move forward, in light of the recent ruling in the High Court by Chief Justice (ag), Roxane George.

The commission met again today, but no consensus was reached.

One of the government-appointed Commissioners of GECOM, Vincent Alexander told the media this afternoon that representatives of the two sides were asked to make submissions on the way forward, especially in relation of the decision handed by the Chief Justice on August 14.

One of the government-appointed Commissioners of GECOM, Vincent Alexander.

The acting Chief Justice ruled on August 14, that there was no illegality in the GECOM’s House-to-House Registration exercise. She ruled too that her court, like the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), would not be interfering with matters outside its jurisdiction to name a date, more specifically September 18, for General and Regional Elections.

The fixed date application was filed by accountant Christopher Ram, who asked the court to put an end to the House-to-House Registration exercise currently being conducted. He contended that it was illegal.

Commissioner Alexander said while a decision has not been made, commissioners are still discussing the way forward.

“We are discussing the usability of House-to-House [Registration] and we need to ensure that everything that is done is in a timely manner,” he told the press.