President’s reasons for rejecting nominees needed to justify Gecom appointment

-Bar Association

President David Granger facing reporters after the appointment of retired Justice James Patterson as the new Gecom Chairman. (Keno George photo)

The legality of President David Granger’s decision to proceed with the unilateral appointment of the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (Gecom) is being questioned and the Bar Association of Guyana yesterday said his reasons for rejecting the 18 nominees submitted by the Opposition Leader should be publicly stated to defend his actions.

Lethem formally declared town

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We did not want to know

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Early movement in Guyanese poetry

Albion Wilds                   Dear Solitude!                   Where peace and concord dwell,                 Whose smiling beauties quell                 The soul’s inquietude.

Anger and frustration

The Peoples’ Progressive Party went to extraordinary lengths over ten months to find eighteen Guyanese willing to agree to have their names submitted to the President of Guyana for consideration to be appointed to one of the most difficult, controversial and thankless of jobs ‒ Chair of the Elections Commission.

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