Jagdeo rejects GECOM’s November plans

Bharrat Jagdeo

Opposition Leader and PPP General Secretary, Bharrat Jagdeo last night rejected the Guyana Elections Commission plan for the holding of general elections in November this year following house-to-house registration.

On his Facebook page, Jagdeo said that he wished “to make it clear, that the PPP/C will never accept the November 2019 date for the holding of elections as is being put forward by the three APNU+AFC nominated GECOM Commissioners and the unilaterally appointed Chairman”.

A three-month period for the staging of general elections following the successful passage of the December 2018 motion of no-confidence against the government comes to an end tomorrow and can only be extended if the opposition PPP/C joins in supporting APNU+AFC. The extension would have to be granted by two-thirds of the National Assembly.

It appears unlikely that  such a deal will materialize meaning that after Thursday the government would be deemed to be illegal.

It was only on the 66th day after the passage of the no-confidence motion that President David Granger wrote GECOM urging that it prepare for elections.   

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