Responding to criticisms of his appointment as the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission, retired Justice James Patterson on Thursday brushed aside reproaches that have sought to downplay his ability to perform effectively in the post.
Mr. Patterson told reporters today that he was not bothered by the criticisms.
In an effort to clarify his own position, Patterson said he believes President David Granger received proper advice in his decision to appoint him as Chairman of the Elections Commission.
He declined to comment further on the Constitutionality of his appointment but used the opportunity to distance himself from being a member of any political party.
He has been accused of being a member of the People’s National Congress, which forms part of the governing coalition but Patterson believes this is purely because he was a pallbearer for the remains of former President Desmond Hoyte.
“My response to that is that I used to have a cat named Tabby, if Tabby goes in the oven and gets seven kittens will you call them bread?”
Patterson said the nexus being drawn is absurd and the minds of those who conceive it have to be examined.
Turning his attention to concerns over his appointment as Chief Justice of Grenada, Patterson maintained that he once served as the acting Chief Justice. Several newspaper articles from that time confirmed the fact.
The Opposition PPP has been claiming that Patterson never served as the Chief Justice in Grenada and they have accused him of lying on his curriculum vitae.
“I have not done a resumé in 40 years and I omitted acting. If that’s the source of their bother that’s no concern of mine,” he added.
The new GECOM chair said he is settling in the post “quite good” and told reporters he has a good team with him.
He said he has been doing a lot of reading and getting acquainted with his new role.