President insists on house to house registration despite CCJ ruling
President David Granger Wednesday morning insisted on the need for a national house to house registration, which will drag on for months, in order to develop a voters list for elections which are already three months behind the constitutional deadline.
In a judgment delivered Tuesday, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) declared that the motion of No Confidence against the Government was validly passed on December 21 and that triggered Article 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution.
That provision is for elections to be called in three months, unless the deadline is extended by the Parliament. There was no extension and the deadline expired on March 21.
The President Wednesday stuck to his position that house to house registration is needed and again pointed to the late November timeline he was provided with by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).
The Opposition has insisted that a period of Claims and Objections can clean up the list and there is no need for the lengthy house to house registration process.
But the President said the list, “is invalid, it’s expired, and it’s corrupted.”
He said that with GECOM given the money to hold elections, he now awaits a specific date from GECOM and he will proclaim that date for elections.
“I cannot make a proclamation unless I am informed by GECOM,” he told reporters at the sidelines of an event at the Ministry of the Presidency.
“It is my duty, it’s not the duty of the not leader of opposition, to decide when elections will be held; GECOM has to inform me and as soon as I get that information I will make a proclamation,” the President stated.