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GUYANA | Elections will be held when GECOM is ready says Granger

Featured Flanked by some of their key officials, President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo met for just over an hour on Wednesday to discuss a number of issues related to the no-confidence vote and preparations for elections. Flanked by some of their key officials, President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo met for just over an hour on Wednesday to discuss a number of issues related to the no-confidence vote and preparations for elections.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, January 9, 2019 - Guyana's President David Granger says he intends to call general elections as soon as the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has signalled its readiness to conduct an election.

President Granger's statement followed his meeting with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo Wednesday, where both sides agreed that regional and general elections will be held within the administrative capability of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).

“We have agreed that the two sides will continue to work together to engage GECOM to ensure that elections are held within the administrative capabilities of the Guyana Elections Commission” Granger stated in a brief address.

The Guyana President said he has assured the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) that his Government has no intention to derail the Constitution of Guyana.However, he advised that  the court cases  challenging the accuracy of December 21 vote count in parliament as well as the eligibility of government backbencher Charrandas Persaud to sit in the House because he is a foreign citizen would not be discontinued.

“This is quite legitimate and there is no intention on the part of the government to derail the constitutional or the legislative process,” Granger said.

The President said  the meeting examined two main issues: the first of course is the function of the National Assembly and the second is the function of the government. Neither of these two important institutions, legislative branch and executive branch could be allowed to fail.

“Public services have to be delivered. Public order has to be maintained and therefore the two sides reached broad agreement on how these institutions – the legislative branch and the executive branch – would continue to function,” Granger declared.

The President is assuring the public that both sides are working towards a solution and that public interest remains paramount for the Coalition Government. “We are working to a solution that they’ll be satisfied with. The public interest is our paramount concern,” he said.

The two sides met to discuss the way forward following the December 21, 2018 no-confidence vote in the National Assembly.

 

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