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Are Contractors Being Paid Too Much For Government Contracts?

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The Public Accounting Committee has found several problems with how some contracts are awarded and how work is carried out by various government ministries. But the committee is very concerned about the Public Procurement Commission still not being in place after all of these years. The Public Procurement Commission would serve in sort of a watch dog role for government contracts and tenders especially procedures. It’s a commission that cannot get its work done as the government is still to provide its nominees, Head of Public Accounts Committee in the National Assembly PNC member Volda Lawrence.

Ms. Lawrence highlighted a number of problems that her committee has come across with regard to various contracts and contractors, from over payments to shoddy work to no work at all. Some contractors may be ripping off taxpayers as far as Lawrence is concerned.

On Thursday the Public Accounts committee presented its latest report to the National Assembly for adoption. The committee has expressed some concern with how some accounting officers handle their jobs with very little regard to the public’s best interest.

The Peoples National Congress, Guyana’s main opposition party has finally released the system and procedures that it has employed for the selection of a Presidential Candidate to lead the party into the next General Elections to be held in 2011.

Party groups across the country as well as supporters outside of Guyana have already received the document which explains in detail how nominations will be handled and how a final candidate will be agreed upon. The move could see a presidential candidate being agreed upon and elected as early as February.

The candidates who will be nominated will have to in writing indicate that they would have accepted the nomination. With that done they will need to outline their qualifications and other biographic data and even find themselves sort of selling themselves at a forum that will be held town hall style.

So far 4 persons have indicated an interest in becoming the party’s presidential Candidate, but with the current health crisis being faced by former Party Chairman Winston Murray, his supporters may be forced to find a new candidate or throw their support behind one of the other 3.

The party’s decision to begin a process to find a presidential candidate came after party leader Robert Corbin indicated that he would not be the party’s Presidential candidate at the next elections.

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