President asks GECOM for work programme to fix election date

President David Granger Wednesday wrote to Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Justice (Ret’d) James Patterson requesting that the Commission present him with a work programme in the shortest possible time.

In his missive to Justice Patterson, the President noted it is essential that he is informed of the Commission’s readiness to deliver credible elections in Guyana.

“I urge you to present your plans, programmes and financial needs which will guide my proclamation of a suitable date for elections,” the Head of State said in his correspondence to Justice Patterson, as quoted in a  Ministry of the Presidency statement.

Granger’s call comes as March 21 – the 90-day timeline since the Government fell into no-confidence on December 21 – nears and there is a deadlock on extending the life of the government beyond that date unless he gives into Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo’s demand that a date is named.

Since the passage of the no confidence motion against the Government, President Granger has twice consulted with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo. He also consulted the Chairman and Commissioners of GECOM.

The Head of State has emphasised that the Government of Guyana will not interfere or intrude in the work of the Commission.

Last week, the President invited the Commission to a meeting to discuss issues related to the hosting of General and Regional Elections this year.