“It is clear that elections have to be held in the shortest possible time and, therefore, it is crucial to appoint a chairman of the GECOM... this could be done as early as Monday if the Opposition is prepared to act in a consensual manner and in good faith,” Granger said.
The president made it clear that the Constitution of Guyana is sacrosanct and supreme, and that the independence of the judiciary remains intact, as well as that of the Elections Commission.
Commenting on the conclusion of deliberations by the CCJ on the case related to the appointment of the Chairman of the GECOM, Granger agreed that what was indeed most important was for himself and the leader of the opposition to conclude the process of appointing a new GECOM Chairman.
“The President of the CCJ, Justice Adrian Saunders, stated that this is imperative and of utmost urgency, I agree... I have committed since 21st December 2018 to the holding of free and fair elections,” Granger stated in his address to the nation.
Representatives of the government and the opposition have met three times this week to “hammer out” the list of nominees for the position of GECOM chair.
Yesterday, the CCJ, in its post-judgment hearing on the civil appeal between Zulfikar Mohamed and The Attorney General of Guyana and the Chairman of the GECOM ruled that the president and the opposition leader must “embark upon and conclude the process of appointing a new GECOM Chairman.”
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