Guyana Politics: Claudette Singh accused of facilitating abuse of GECOM staffers’ rights

Kaieteur News – The Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Justice (Rt’d) Claudette Singh, is accused of facilitating the abuse of the rights of GECOM staffers’ by the

GECOM Chairperson, Justice (R’td) Claudette Singh.

Guyana Police Force (GPF).Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition, Joseph Harmon, during a press conference yesterday said that the arrest and charges that are being laid against several GECOM officials and staffers by the GPF, in relation to electoral fraud committed during the March 2, 2020, General and Regional Elections, amount to harassment by the force

The opposition leader also stated that the fact that the GECOM chair is silent on the arrests that are being made, makes her complicit in the matters.

Meanwhile, yesterday the Deputy Chief Elections Officer, Roxanne Myers, made her first court appearance for two counts of misconduct in public office charge.Desmond Trotman, APNU+AFC’s nominated GECOM commissioner, while talking to reporters outside of the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts said that, “The Chair [Singh]…

Leader of the Opposition, Joseph Harmon.

she seem to have wash her hands of the affairs and have just facilitated the handing over of information and the ‘persecution’ of members of staff without showing any willingness to take some line of action.”

Trotman also said that the GECOM chair has given instructions for documents to be handed over to the police without ascertaining the use for the documents. He added that after inquiries were made, she admitted, at the level of the commission, that she handed over job descriptions to the police.

However, the GECOM chair did not take the comments made by the commissioner lightly. In response, she issued a statement in which she refuted Trotman claims and made it clear that the commissioners were informed during a statutory meeting about the request for the documents that was made by the GPF.Singh noted that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the GPF had requested the contracts of some members of staff and she reported the request at a Statutory Meeting of the Commission.

APNU+AFC Commissioner, Desmond Trotman.

According to the statement, the GECOM chair then sought clarity from the CID headquarters as to the purpose of the request for such information since those documents are private to GECOM.

In response to the GECOM chair’s request, the police stated that what was required is the job description of all the senior officials who are being investigated.

As a result, only the job descriptions of the GECOM officials who are being investigated were released to the police, since that information is already public.

She added, “I instructed the Human Resources Manager to provide Job Descriptions ONLY. As Chairperson of GECOM and a former Police Legal Advisor, I do not have the authority to interfere into the work of the Guyana Police Force nor any other Statutory Body and will always ensure that the best interests of the members of staff of GECOM are protected.”

In closing the GECOM chair stated that it is unfortunate that Trotman sought to publicly admonish the work of the Commission, even though he was present at the discussions that were held pertaining to the release of documents.

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  • detow  On 10/10/2020 at 5:39 pm

    Many months ago I replied to a post and suggested that as a result of the then election fiasco, all I was waiting for is the fight to begin. Fast forward to now, and the mess that the government is making of the election fiasco, I reiterate, I am just waiting for the fight to begin and this seems to be just what the present government is hoping for. It will happen unless saner voices (are there any left in Guyana?) be heard. How much more can people take before they rebel, and this applies to both sides of the political hypocrites.

    • Georgy Porgy  On 10/10/2020 at 9:38 pm

      Claudette Singh looking out for Claudette Singh. She’s not to be trusted!!!

  • guyaneseonline  On 10/10/2020 at 9:22 pm

    By Stabroek News October 10, 2020

    Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chair Claudette Singh yesterday refuted claims that she has “facilitated the persecution” of Commission staff, while Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon has issued a call for her to resign.

    In a statement yesterday, Justice (ret’d) Singh explained that the only information she has provided to the Guyana Police Force (GPF) is the job description of several staff members.

    “I wish to state that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had requested the contracts of some members of staff which I reported at a Statutory Meeting of the Commission. After some discussion, I undertook to seek clarity from the CID as to the purpose of the request as these documents are private to GECOM and those members of staff. A response from the CID advised that what in fact was required were their respective Job Descriptions. Considering that this information is public, I instructed the Human Resources Manager to provide Job Descriptions only,” Singh said.

  • detow  On 10/10/2020 at 11:50 pm

    -Madness..just a living mess that will continue to escalate unless
    -Amalgamation and some
    -Consideration of what is best for the
    -Population at large.
    Imprisonment of everyone that you do not like will only result in
    -Overcrowded jails
    -retaliation from those who perceive persecution
    -unrest in the land.

    You name it—-take a look at how similar situations developed in countries around the world which were (are) in a similar state as Guyana and which have botched the golden opportunity to enrich their COUNTRY, not only marginal segments. Focusing on minute incidences as the election fiasco takes away valuable time that could be spent on consideration of more important issues.
    Get parliament working the way it should and stop looking for the opposition to be outcasts until they come to you on bent knees seeking parsdon, you know that should and in all probability will never happen; include everyone in decision makings and get the country moving as it should.

    Grow up Guyana, it is about time you stop behaving like idiots.

    • Winston  On 10/11/2020 at 9:52 am

      Wait for the explosion!!!!!

  • brandli62  On 10/11/2020 at 2:29 pm

    Witch hunts should be avoided. The coalition’s election petition need to be review within in due time by the courts. Once a verdict has been reached, election reform should be the focus of all parties. Measures need to be taken to curb ballot stuffing and the voter registries need to be updated to 1) include Guyanese eligible to vote; and 2) a list of voters present in Guyana at election day. The later is important as it provides the base line to determine correctly voter participation. Under current law, voter participation is calculated by votes cast relative to the all eligible voters (including those living abroad). The current system invites for ballot stuffing as it does not become apparent easily.

    • the only  On 10/12/2020 at 6:20 pm

      The courts have to look at the 2015 petition first.

  • brandli62  On 10/13/2020 at 6:40 am

    Update from Stabroek News of October 12:

    No date yet for hearing of APNU+AFC elections petitions
    -several procedural issues may have to be addressed first

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