Jagdeo ready to meet Granger every day to appoint new GECOM Chairman

pposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has told President David Granger that he is ready for daily meetings to reach agreement on the appointment of a new Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), following Monday’s resignation of James Patterson because the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruled that he was appointed unconstitutionally.

“l wish on behalf of the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Bharrat Jagdeo, M.P., to inform you that Mr. Jagdeo is prepared to meet with the President at any time, and, on a daily basis if needs be, to address the appointment of a new Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission consistent with the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice ruling on June 18, 2019,” Gail Teixeira of the Opposition Leader’s Office told Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon in a letter on Tuesday.

The appointment of a new GECOM Chairman is seen as crucial to the conduct of general elections following the passage of a no-confidence motion against the Granger-led administration on December 21, 2018. The CCJ has ruled that the motion was validly passed, but Granger has insisted that there must be house-to-house registration to clean up the voters’ list, while Jagdeo is adamant that Guyanese must go to the polls in either August or September with the existing voters’ list after it is updated through a claims and objections process.

The Opposition Leader’s Office specifically asked the President, through Harmon, to pay “specific attention” to paragraphs seven, nine, 10 and 11 of the CCJ’s judgement on Granger’s unilateral appointment of Patterson.