Private Sector calls on President to name elections date without ‘further prevarication or delay’

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The Private Sector Commission (PSC) Monday afternoon called on President David Granger to name a date for elections without “further prevarication or delay.”

Please see below full statement from the PSC:

 The Private Sector Commission (PSC) preferred to wait and give the Chairman of GECOM, Justice (Ret’d) Claudette Singh, time, since her appointment on 29th July, 2019, to advise the President on the readiness of the Elections Commission to conduct Regional and General Elections, before making any further comment on this matter.

On Thursday, 19th September, 2019, Justice Singh informed President Granger by letter that “Given all the objective factors, in addition to the deliberations of the Commission and my most recent consultations with our Secretariat, I have concluded and take this opportunity to officially inform you, that the Guyana Elections Commission will be able to deliver credible elections by the end of February 2020”. 

The Private Sector Commission now calls upon President Granger to name a date for the holding of Regional and General Elections by the end of February as defined by GECOM without any further prevarication or delay.

The Private Sector Commission wishes, however, to express its deep concern that GECOM’s decision is in contravention of the Constitutional obligation of GECOM to have been ready to conduct elections no later than three months after the ruling of the CCJ on June 18 2019, resulting in the APNU +AFC Coalition remaining in office by relying upon the disciplined services to exercise its authority.

The Private Sector Commission cannot emphasize strongly enough that any further delay on the part of the President to name an election date will significantly exacerbate the already considerable harm that has been done to Guyana’s credibility as a country no longer committed to the rule of law and constitutional probity.

The Private Sector believes it to be unfortunate that since the No-Confidence Motion was validly passed some nine months ago that the country has been subjected to a series of unwarranted delays from honoring the constitutional requirement to have held elections within three months of the motion being passed in the National Assembly.

The Private Sector Commission urges the President to recognize that the condemnation of his government as being in “breach of the Constitution” by the international community, which includes Guyana’s major developmental partners, the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union and now the Commonwealth Secretary General, is of serious consequence for Guyana.

We further urge the President to recognize the significant number of statements from a wide cross section of our society, including the Bar Association, the religious community, the Chamber of Commerce and AmCham, expressing their deep concern of the unconstitutional status of the government.

The PSC wishes to remind that the statement from the international community has, in fact, emphasized that Guyana’s economic development and the ability of those countries to support our development needs, is now dangerously compromised.

The PSC must point out that the consequence of doing business under a government shorn of its Constitutional authority becomes virtually impossible due to the premiums placed on international equity and borrowings and the demands for compliance with procedures of international financial institutions.

Finally, the Private Sector Commission expresses its grave disappointment and dissatisfaction over the inaction and deafening silence of the Heads of Government and the Secretary General of CARICOM for failing to recognize the serious challenge in Guyana to the principles of democratic governance embraced by all of the governments of the Caribbean community and to have not, by now, taken appropriate action. The PSC is equally concerned over the silence of the OAS and it’s inaction to comply with article 20 of its own Charter.

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