The Ministry of the Presidency has announced that retired Justice James Patterson has demitted the office of Chairman of the Elections Commisison.
In a statement, the President’s office said that President David Granger met this morning with the former GECOM Chairman.
According to the statement, President Granger thanked Justice Patterson for his service over the past 20 months.
Mr. Patterson resigned on Monday June 24, 2019 thereby rendering that post vacant.
“The decision by the former GECOM Chair to demit office is in keeping with the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) that his appointment was “flawed” and thereby unconstitutional”, the statement said.
The statement further noted that the Government of Guyana reiterates its acceptance of the CCJ ruling in the case of Zulfikar Mustafa and the Attorney General of Guyana and the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission.
Justice Patterson was appointed as GECOM Chair in October 2017 by President David Granger after the President rejected three lists of nominees put forward by the Opposition Leader.
The President and the Opposition Leader are now expected to meet this week to begin the process of appointing a new GECOM Chairman.