Two inspectors attached to the Guyana Energy Agency Linden Operations have been fired after they refused to submit themselves for voluntary polygraph tests which are conducted out of the Office of the President.
One of the staffers said he first refused to take the test in 2010 on the grounds that it is unconstitutional. He repeated that position in 2011 and 2012 and just recently told the GEA that he will not submit himself to the test on the same grounds. Just after that latest refusal he said he was dismissed from his job. The other inspector held a similar position and was also sent packing.
Sources close to the Energy Agency today said almost all of the Inspectors and Markers who decided to submit themselves to the test failed and they could all lose their jobs. One employee who said the questions were very vague and many of the questions were not related to their jobs or the Energy Agency. Over 25 persons could be dismissed if the GEA makes a final decision to fire all of those who failed the polygraph tests.
The Government of Guyana instituted the polygraph testing for a number of Government Agencies a few years back. Employees of a number of agencies have refused to submit themselves to be tested by the lie detector machine.