President David Granger has rejected the latest list of nominees for the GECOM Chairman post that was submitted by the Leader of the Opposition.
In a letter to Mr. Jagdeo today, the President said that the Constitution provides for the Opposition Leader to submit a list of persons who are not unacceptable to the President for him to choose a GECOM Chairman.
The President said based on his examination of the Curriculum Vitae of the six latest nominees, he has found the list to be unacceptable.
Today, the Leader of the Opposition said that the letter does not indicate what next steps, if any the President requires to be taken.
He said the letter from the President came just a few hours after he (Jagdeo) concluded a press conference, at which he was critical of the President’s overall approach to this issue.
“The Leader of the Opposition notes with deep concern the cavalier and callous manner in which the President continues to express no confidence in and denigrate the professional reputation, integrity and competence of Guyanese of high calibre who have rendered sterling contributions to the development of our country and in service to our people and who have distinguished themselves in their individual endeavours and pursuits”, the Opposition Leader’s statement noted.
He added that “we reiterate our apprehension that the President is bent on unilaterally selecting a person of his choice in violation of the letter and spirit of Article 161 (2) of the Constitution and indeed, the Carter Formula. The Leader of the Opposition hereby assures that should the President proceed along this unconstitutional, undemocratic and diabolical path there will be litigation and other consequences for which the President will be responsible.”
Back in May, Mr. Jagdeo submitted his second list of nominees to the President.
The six nominees on the second list, which has now been rejected, are retired Justice of Appeal B.S Roy, retired Justice William Ramlall, Attorney and former Magistrate, Oneidge Walrond-Allicock, Attorneys Kashir Khan and Nadia Sagar along with businessman and pilot, Captain Gerry Gouveia.