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Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) seeks new Chief Elections Officer

GECOMIn advertisements on its website and the daily newspapers, the Guyana Elections Commission has sounded the call for a new Chief Elections Officer.

The contract of the last CEO expired in April and after a public scandal, in mid-April, Chairman of the Elections Commission, Dr. Steve Surujbally voted with opposition Commissioners not to renew Boodhoo’s contract.

The main argument used to show Boodhoo the door was that his flawed mathematical calculation would have led to the PPP once again taking control of the National Assembly at the 2011 elections when in fact that is not what voters decided on.

That same calculation Boddhoo attempted to use, robbed the Alliance for Change of a seat in the 2006 elections, one Commissioner claimed.

In the advertisements for a new CEO, GECOM said the Chief Election Officer is required to play the key leadership role in the Secretariat of the Elections Commission and would have responsibility for implementing all aspects of its operations, and ensuring that results achieved are consistent with the laws of Guyana and the policies determined by the Chairman and the Commission.

The CEO advises the Chairman and Commission on policy matters and their implementation and is also tasked with the interpretation of relevant legislation.

The Chief Election Officer acts as the primary point of contact between the Guyana Elections Commission and the staff members of the Secretariat, whose activities include the registration of registrants, the distribution of ID Cards; the provision of information and guidance on electoral operational matters to community organizations and other stakeholders.

A main responsibility of the Chief Elections Officer is to plan, direct and coordinate activities for the holding of elections in the country – national, regional and local government.

Against the allegations levelled against him, the last Chief Elections Officer said that an observer from the Organization of American states was looking over his shoulder the entire time during the last elections and that nothing irregular could have taken place because the Commissioners were also present.

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