Government owes GECOM millions
Government is yet to pay millions of dollars owed to the Guyana Elections Commission—GECOM —for contractual services that were procured by the entity in preparations for Local Government Election.
One Berbician said that she provided catering services to GECOM, and is owed $300,000 over several months, and is in need for her money. Several persons who provided catering services to GECOM are yet to be paid, along with contracted drivers who were paraded in the media are appealing to the relevant authorities to delve into their matter since they allege that they worked for months and have also not received any payment to date.
According to one driver, he was told that he would be paid $1500 per hour. He decided to work long hours from “Sunday to Sunday” at GECOM’s Church Street branch, but when it was time for payments there was always the problem that money was not released.
“This is how the government leads by example. When we work we don’t get paid; they want us to thief then!”
According to a source within GECOM, a contract was entered into for the claims and objections exercise in preparation for Local Government elections. Part of that entailed that GECOM hired temporary staff.
However, provisions of meals were made for either GECOM staff or for the training exercise. And meals were procured on a contractual basis but no money was released by Government to pay the temporary staff.
Nevertheless, GECOM receives its money from the Government. A spokesperson said that the contracted services were submitted to the Government but no money was released to date.
Kaieteur News is also owed millions of dollars in advertisements.