In a joint statement from the President and Opposition Leader, it was announced this evening that Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, has agreed to submit a third list of nominees to President David Granger, for consideration for the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission.
The statement said the “parties agreed that it would be in the best interest of the people of Guyana that the choice of a Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission is made without undue delay. The parties further agreed that the Leader of the Opposition will submit a new list of six names to the President.”
Additionally, the President and Opposition Leader also agreed that a high-level team would be assembled representing the President and the Leader of the Opposition which will begin to work immediately on exploring modalities to bring a resolution to this matter in the event that the third list is rejected.
The meeting took place at State House and the Leader of the Opposition was accompanied by Members of Parliament, Anil Nandall and Irfaan Ali.
The President had his Minister of State, Joe Harmon and Minister of Natural Resources and former Speaker, Raphael Trotman at his side. The Attorney General is out of the country.
Two weeks ago, President Granger rejected the second list of nominees submitted by the Opposition Leader, reminding him that the list should contain six nominees who are “not unacceptable” to the President in keeping with the Constitution.