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Friday, April 21, 2006


President may meet opposition trio
By Neil Marks


PRESIDENT Bharrat Jagdeo is “seriously” considering the request of opposition-nominated commissioners on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to meet him to clarify the reasons for their withdrawal from the commission, Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon announced yesterday.

Mr. Haslyn Parris, Mr. Robert Williams and Mr. Lloyd Joseph Saturday last said they would not continue to participate in the work of the commission, basing their decision on the leadership style of GECOM Chairman Dr. Steve Surujbally. They have, however, not resigned.

Luncheon said that at Wednesday’s statutory Cabinet meeting, President Jagdeo informed his government ministers of the request of the commissioners.

GECOM has indicated its work could go ahead in preparing for the 2006 general elections without opposition-nominated commissioners under the provisions of the Constitution.

The commissioners boycotted Wednesday’s meeting of the commission, and if they fail to show at today’s meeting, the presence of Surujbally and Commissioners Mr. Moen McDoom, Mr. Mahmoud Shaw and Dr. Keshav Mangal of the governing People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) would constitute a quorum to make binding decisions.

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