The “hammering out” meeting between representatives of the President and the Leader of the Opposition ended today with the two sides agreeing that it is time for the President and the Leader of the Opposition to meet to further hammer out the GECOM Chairman nomination process.
Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joe Harmon, told reporters that by the end of the meeting, five of the eleven resubmitted names by the Opposition Leader were “shortlisted” to be submitted for further consideration.
He said the eight names that were suggested by the President will also be sent to the Leader of the Opposition for his consideration as he moves to come up with a final six nominees.
The Opposition Leader’s representative Gail Teixeira said she is hopeful that the meeting between the President and the Opposition Leader could take place as early as tomorrow.
After three days of meetings between the representatives, there appeared to be confusion about whether the five “shorlisted” names will really be seen as not unacceptable to the President.
Opposition representative Anil Nandlall said the meeting between the reps might have been farsical since the Government side could not even say clearly whether the eight suggestions put forward by the President could be deemed as not unacceptable to him.
But Mr. Harmon and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan both sides that it would not be right to say the meeting did not see results since it was just meetings to hammer out names.
Mr. Ramjattan said although the Opposition indicated that it would have been making additional suggestions to its list, no new suggestion was made and the Opposition did not want to “hammer out” or examine the suggestions put forward by the President.