The Guyana Press Association (GPA) has registered its dissatisfaction with the lack of timely information from the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and the entity’s slow response to matters of national interest relative to the pending General and Regional Elections.
In a release earlier today, the Association noted that to date, key and critical questions have gone unanswered by the designated spokesperson, Public Relations Officer (PRO), Yolanda Ward.
Even questions for planning and administrative purposes remain unanswered, GPA said, while also registering its dissatisfaction with the Chief Elections Officer (CEO), Keith Lowenfield, and the Chairperson, Justice (Ret’d) Claudette Singh, who “are for the most part inaccessible”.
“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 Association noted.
The GPA is calling 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, GECOM must regard itself as a willing participant in any unfortunate reaction. 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,” the Press Association wrote.