LGE is very welcome, and GECOM must deliver – Guyana Times
HomeLettersLGE is very welcome, and GECOM must deliver
Dear Editor, Local Government Elections (LGE) are scheduled for this year and every effort must be made to ensure its behavior, fully within our Constitutionally embedded framework of democracy. Its welcome role in regulating, empowering and supporting development at urban, community and village levels cannot be understated. As a result, the focus on its acceptable delivery must be prioritized. The dedicated leadership of President Dr Irfaan led the Government to ensure that a supportive financial platform towards this must be applauded. The Guyanese Nation, therefore, requires the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), to take every step to achieve a transparent, free, fair and credible process. New efforts must be enhanced through acceptable oversight, procedure and professionalism, which will enhance its badly damaged image realized throughout the March 2020 General and Regional Elections debate. The widespread condemnation of the law taking place in Georgetown Borough needs no further justification and must be stopped now. Other serious pollution levels revealed in several other Local Government Councils have not supported the Government’s National Development Strategy. Rather, they act as constraints on supporting and providing essential services required to transform these communities. The acceptable remedial approach to removing these barriers and alleviating the sufferings of poor LEADERSHIP at the local level is free, fair and timely LGE. Since gaining the right to govern our nation as a result of the overwhelming support of a large majority of citizens, Central Government has done and continues to do excellent work. From the ongoing evidential work towards rapid development ahead, it has become apparent to the Guyanese people that the ‘screened horizon webs’ of the five APNU / AFC budgets that obscured our vision of success along with their promises failed. our thought process. Despite COVID-19’s intimidating environment, the ‘boom’ of incentive-building is off at great speed. Streets and roads in many areas are also being improved rapidly and thousands of Houselots are being distributed under the Central Government’s actual development program. Given the very poor delivery of Drainage and Irrigation by the previous APNU / AFC regime, it was noted that the required supporting infrastructure thrust must be addressed at all three levels. Central Government is now merging with the Neighborhood Democratic Councils and the Regional Democratic Councils to promote the improvement of our communities. Editor, Municipal Elections, the NDCs, and Village councils will bring fresh and better leadership where this is rare. The likely impact points to a better synergy of this combined effort. It is vital, therefore, that the Local Government Elections are not unnecessarily pushed back in line with the delaying tactics that some PNC and APNU forces are trying to implement. It is public knowledge that GECOM is paying millions of dollars to the permanent staff members expected to deliver. Apart from the corrupt accused lot who should be permanently expelled from the Institute, there are no acceptable reasons why the organization should not be prepared to maintain LGEs on schedule. There should be no reliance on any lone staff in the Secretariat such as Chief Returning Officer Keith Lowenfield whose abusive behavior has held the organization down to unreliable regression. Further, the nation asks where did Keith Lowenfield secure or conceal the Polls Statements, (SOPs) March 02, 2020, General and Regional Elections. No one reported seeing him withdraw the documents from the patronage of the organization’s normally secure and managed areas. Suddenly, he turned to documents following the Chief Justice’s instructive ruling, which obviously forced the SOPs from his unworthy cupboard. In the circumstances, it is essential that those SOPs submitted to the Court registry are carefully scrutinized to ensure that they comply with the published verifiable security features. One observer has suggested, through such a necessary comment, that our nation could now be appraised of the true origins of 2015 still-undecided fake SOPs. In this election petition, no stone should be left unturned in revealing the rotten intent and actions of the key rogue officials who sought to derail the true results of the Election held on March 02, 2020. It will be interesting for the public to see and hear why the Chief Returning Officer did not produce the SOPs; or the right outcomes, especially in response to the Chair Claudette Singh’s request of the Commission. Keith Lowenfield must stand the results for his apparent disrespect for the Commission, and his respectful public disregard for the GECOM Chairman. Naturally, it is implicit, upon request, that the evidence in these SOPs is forensically examined. It is envisaged that anti-fraud verification methods will be used including the use of experts at all costs, in the disclosure of the culpable actors. A determination of guilt must ensure appropriate sanctions to prevent similar trends in the future and also ensure a surcharge to recover the millions of dollars unnecessarily spent by GECOM in the subsequent five months and recalculate activities. In the meantime, the GECOM Chairman and Commission MUST act to direct the necessary implementation of the Institute’s Stanard Executive procedures, to ensure that the welcome and due Local Government Elections are conducted in a fair and equitable manner. free, and with efficiency this year. .