He has cut and run again over differences – Executive member
The Guyana Press Association elections due date is late by close to ten months.
But from six weeks ago it has been functioning void of the elected president who has relinquished all ties with the association.
Questioned yesterday about his reason for resigning Dennis Chabrol said, “No one can force me to resign. I voluntarily and happily demitted office.
I am not the President of the Guyana Press Association; Mr (Gordon) Mosley, the Vice President is acting president.”
He said, “I have a right to decide if I want to be part of the press association and I have a right to freedom of association.”
He told media operatives, yesterday, that he has relinquished all ties with the association following the submission of his resignation to the executives about six weeks ago.
Stating that there is need for a collective effort from the executives for the hosting of elections he said that he resigned because he believes that the team is taking too long to move on with the process of elections and there seems to be some great degree of lethargy.
When asked if he could not call elections as president of the association he said “I will not be the person to go mobilising on my own for elections.”
He also said he is not involved in the election process in anyway and will not be canvassing for anyone whenever the elections are eventually held.
“We (GPA) have to put our own house in order before we can continue to talk about the democratic processes of other institution as we so often do.”
In this context, he said, that he has completed his term and added a few extra months and has demitted office.
He said that in the context of media operatives consistently reporting on the democratic processes of other institutions he “took a firm principled position that I will not continue to hold the office of GPA president, whilst we as media practitioners always consistently report on delayed elections and the democratic processes of other institutions.”
He categorically stated “we have to put our own house in order as far as ensuring that there is a democratic representation process before we talk about other people’s processes.”
“Elections were to have been since last October but the preparations have never been finalised for the holding of elections and I will not accord unto myself any unilateral authority…it has to be a collective effort on the part of the entire administration of the Press Association,” Chabrol said.
The Executive council of the Guyana Press Association in a press statement acknowledged Chabrol’s resignation as the president of the association.
The association also noted, that this is the second time that Chabrol has resigned the post while serving as president.
They said he submitted a letter to Secretary of the association, Nigel Williams, on May 24, 2009, resigning as the president as well as an ordinary member of the association but they noted that he did not state reasons for demitting office.
As provided for in the Constitution of the GPA, the elected Vice President, Gordon Moseley assumed the role of president and will serve out the term.
In the meantime, the association continues to function even as preparations are ongoing for the holding of the election of new office bearers.
The Guyana Press Association also expressed its profound appreciation to Chabrol for his dedication and leadership of the organisation and wishes him well in all his future endeavours.
GPA acting President Mosley had no immediate comment.
However an executive admitted that there were problems facing the association that Chabrol did not want to face up to and he clearly resigned for other reasons.
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