One day after PPP nominated Commissioners on the Guyana Elections Commission initiated a process to remove Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield, Deputy Chief Elections Officer, Roxanne Myers, and Returning Officer for Region 4, Clairmont Mingo, the Georgetown Chambers of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) is hailing the move.
In a release issued this morning, the GCCI said it is pleased that steps are being taken to hold officers accountable at the elections body.
“The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCI) wishes to state that it is pleased that there have been developments to hold recalcitrant officers of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) accountable for their partial and perverse actions during General and Regional Elections (GRE) 2020″, the GCCI said in a statement.
Already, Chairman of the Elections Commission, Claudette Singh has dispatched letters to Lowenfield and Myers, informing them of the motion to remove them and requesting that they show cause why they must not be removed from their respective positions.
The private sector body said as an accredited observer for the March 2020 elections, it witnessed GECOM officers attempting to defy the law and lawful instructions.
“Their open defiance and abdication of their statutory responsibility placed Guyana in a precarious situation where attempts at subverting the will of the people could have placed our country in the league of pariah states. The GCCI urges that this stark reminder of our difficult history during undemocratic days be used as the impetus to undertake the necessary reforms to the electoral process,” the release pointed out.
The GCCI wants the electoral reform process to be undertaken, with the greatest of urgency with the input of citizens and a wide range of stakeholders.