President David Granger has distanced his government from any involvement in the recruitment process at the Guyana Elections Commission.
The President’s statement on Wednesday came one day after a fallout at the Elections Body where the Opposition nominated Commissioners continue to insist that there was a major ethnic imbalance in GECOMs staffing, although they could not provide any statistics or evidence to back their claims.
Commissioner Robeson Benn claimed that there were far more Afro Guyanese employed at the Commission more than any other race.
His claims led GECOM Chairman, Justice James Patterson to adjourn yesterday’s meeting as the two become involved in a row over the public statements by Benn.
While not responding to the specific claims of Commissioner Benn, the President said “the Commission is autonomous and the Executive branch of government has nothing to do with the recruiting procedure.”
He said he expects that the management of GECOM will recruit persons who are fit and proper and in so doing he expects that the procedures will be above board
After the fallout on Tuesday, another GECOM Commissioner, Vincent Alexander told the media that Benn was asked to substantiate his claims but he could not provide the statistics.
Benn on the other hand said he was not allowed to explain his position to the Chair, who he said, refused to listen to him.
While still not providing the evidence, Benn maintains his position although the other Commissioners have said that there is no way to tell the ethnic makeup of GECOM staffing and statistics might be contrary to Benn’s position.