The Guyana Press Association (GPA) has blasted the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) for its slow response on matters critical to the elections.
In a statement disseminated to the press, the GPA expressed its
dissatisfaction with the lack of timely information from the Guyana
Elections Commission (GECOM), and slow response to matters of national
interest relative to the pending General and Regional Elections.
According to the GPA, to date, key and critical questions have gone unanswered by the designated spokesperson, Ms Yolanda Ward. Even questions for planning and administrative purposes remain unanswered.
The Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield and the Chairman, Justice (Ret’d) Claudette Singh are for the most part inaccessible.
GECOM PRO Yolanda Ward
“Against this background, the GPA has come to the conclusion that
“GECOM is complicit in and must be held responsible for imbalanced
coverage, especially in instances where there are serious accusations
and claims being made by the election commissioners, political parties
and other stakeholders.”
The GPA therefore calls on all election observation missions to take note of the disservice being meted out to the populace by GECOM by allowing claims, accusations and rumours to fester.
If not addressed with a sense of urgency and professionalism, the GPA says GECOM must regard itself as a willing participant in any unfortunate reaction.
Additionally the GPA has “appealed at the highest level of GECOM for these concerns to be addressed and remains hopeful that corrective measures would be put in place to facilitate easier access to information and timely responses”.