The President is likely to meet with the full Guyana Elections Commission in the coming days to discuss preparations and needs for the hosting of credible elections.
Last week, the President wrote to the Chairman of the Elections Commission, retired Justice James Patterson, inviting him to consultations.
Today, Minister of State Joe Harmon said he will follow up on that request to ensure that a meeting takes place at the earliest possible time.
According to the State Minister, “our understanding from the Whips who met with GECOM, is that they have a timeline for when things have to be done and it is that timeline that we will have to address, their own readiness for elections”.
President David Granger met with Opposition Leader Jagdeo today to discuss the upcoming early elections, which was triggered by the no-confidence vote against the almost four year old government.
President Granger said while the Opposition Leader has been insistent on an election date being set, it is the Guyana Elections Commission that will have to advise the President on its readiness for elections. The President said he will not interfere with the work of the Elections Commission.
“Let me make one thing clear, GECOM is an autonomous, GECOM is an independent agency and there is no part in the Constitution which gives the President or the Executive in general authority to interfere, intervene or intrude in the work of the Elections Commission…we are moving towards elections, but GECOM is in charge of elections, not the executive. I cannot decide when elections will be held, GECOM has to advise”, President Granger said.