Mechanism for funding will be put in place should elections be nullified – Pres. Granger
DPI, Guyana, Monday, June 15, 2020
His Excellency President David Granger has stated that should the country’s recent General and Regional Elections be deemed nullified by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) in the absence of a National Budget, a mechanism would have to be put in place to ensure additional funds are provided.
He was at the time responding to questions from the media at State House on Sunday last.
“The National Assembly is the authority for all financial appropriations. I dissolved Parliament in 2019 for funds to be provided, there will have to be some sort of mechanism for Parliament to be reconvened.”
President Granger explained for this to happen, an agreement would have to be made with all the members of the 11th Parliament.
“That would require of course some form of agreement in which members of the 11th Parliament are prepared to resume but I cannot say at this point in time what legal mechanism could be put in place to reconvene parliament.”
The Head of State also noted that adequate funds were provided to the elections commission to facilitate the 2020 electoral process.
“It is my understanding at all material times, the elections commission had enough funds for the efficient conduct of elections.”
In May 2019, GECOM was supplemented with an additional $3.482B in May.