Although the ruling by the Court of Appeal has invalidated the no-confidence motion against the government, President David Granger today indicated that his administration will still be going to the Parliament to approve funding to meet the needs of the Guyana Elections Commission.
Speaking to reporters at the Ministry of the Presidency this morning, President Granger said “regardless of what happened at the Supreme Court, regardless of what happened at the Court of Appeal and regardless of what will happen at the CCJ, we are going to ensure that we satisfy GECOM’s request”.
In a recent letter to the President, as it prepared for possible early elections, the Guyana Elections Commission, through its Chairman, stated that it needs just over $3.5 billion for the preparations and hosting of regional and national elections. The President today said his government will ensure it addresses the GECOM needs, adding that he will continue not to interfere with the administration of the Elections Commission.
“I have made it clear that the Government, the Executive Branch, cannot interfere in the internal administration and decision making of GECOM. We cannot intrude, we cannot interfere, we cannot direct or instruct them”, President Granger said.
President Granger reiterated that his Government will “satisfy those needs and we are going to go back to the Parliament, whoever attends, we are going to go back to Parliament and make redress to ensure that GECOM has everything it needs. We are committed to having clean elections, credible elections, in this country”
President Granger said he is happy with the responses he has gotten to his queries of the Chairman of the Elections Commission.
The Elections Commission has started its preparations for house-to-house registration. That process was catered for in the last budget.