GECOM Commissioner Vincent Alexander speaks out against the actions of former Chief Elections Officer Gocool Boodhoo
Speaking to Capitol News Commissioner at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Vincent Alexander said he cannot in any ‘good faith’ allow the renewal of the employment contract for former Chief Elections Officer Gocool Boodoo. Alexander has accused Boodoo of making a fraudulent declaration which was observed by him during the tabulation of the 2011 elections results.
According to Alexander, Boodoo’s contract came to an end in April last and was not renewed. He said the Commission is still to decide on modalities of finding a replacement.
He said for some time, he has been silent on the issue, but after being bashed from some sections of the state media he believes that the public has a right to know what transpired prior to the declarations of the 2011 regional and general elections results.
Alexander said too if it wasn’t for his vigilance the ruling PPP/C Government could have been declared the majority winner at the recent polls.
He said a similar mistake occurred in 2006 by Boodoo, when the Alliance For Change had queried one seat.
At that time, GECOM advised the party to seek redress in the courts, and when they did, the case was thrown out. On Wednesday, Chief Justice Ian Chang reversed an earlier decision he made to block GECOM from voting against the renewal of Boodoo’s contract.
Both opposition Parliamentary parties, the AFC and APNU, are against the renewable of Boodoo’s contract.
The ruling PPP/C has said that the matter is one for GECOM and it would not take sides on the matter.