Member of the People’s National Congress and Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joe Harmon, today accused the Opposition of not showing good faith in the process to “hammer out” names for the selection of a new Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission.
At a press conference of the People’s National Congress this morning, Mr. Harmon said the Government remains committed to honouring the Constitution and the guidance provided by the Caribbean Court of Justice to come up with a Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission.
He accused the Opposition attempting to back peddle on the agreement that was made between the President and the Opposition Leader.
“Unlike the President, Jagdeo has used this process to deceive the nation and send negative and misleading messages to the Court. He met with the President and agreed to the talks; he agreed to the Plenipotentiaries meeting; yet look at his rhetoric. From the first meeting he sought to use the media to express unilateralism citing the Constitution. It is clear if you check his rhetoric and positions taken that he is not acting in a consensual manner as laid out in Paragraph 28 of the Judgement of the Court which states; “this approach gives the President a role in the identification of the 6 names”, Harmon said.
He said the Opposition Leader has been “pampazetting” in the media rather than be committed to the process that he agreed to.
Harmon said the meeting did its part in hammering out names and the President did his part in suggesting some names to be considered. The ball he said is now in the Court of the Opposition Leader when it comes to moving the process forward.
Yesterday, the two sides ended their representation meetings and said they believe it is time that the President and the Leader of the Opposition meet to address the process.