Corruption is a rampant problem at GECOM but virtually nothing is being done about it. To this end, Guyanese have witnessed how GECOM recklessly executed an illegal order from the illegal chairman, Mr. James Patterson, to run the illegal and flawed House-to-House (H-t-H) registration exercise in the absence of the required number of scrutineers. Naturally, this rendered the H-t-H registration exercise useless. It was a colossal waste of our tax dollars and it was a huge waste of time. The H-t-H registration exercise wasn’t done in a manner that can yield fair and credible elections. And it was never the shortest and cleanest path to elections. The individuals who are responsible for executing such a lawless order need to be fired or else problems of this nature will persist. It is simple as this. Who in their right mind would continue to reward lawless individuals like those at GECOM? Guyana like other failed states around the world is saturated with corrupt and unpatriotic minds. Education is needed to curtail corruption within GECOM and elsewhere in Guyana.
Even though, the H-t-H registration exercise has been riddled with serious problems, it is very strange that both the caretaker Granger Government and GECOM expressed similar desires to merge this incomplete and flawed data set into an existing database. They even expressed that they will utilise this data for a cross matching exercise, which will also be a serious error.
Lawlessness in GECOM is endless. And Mr. Basil Williams is even moving to the courts on our sweat to enforce the use of such a flawed data set even if it cannot produce fair and credible elections. This is reckless. The recently derived data base from the H-t-H registration exercise is useless. Its only rightful place is the garbage. Amid all of his craziness, Guyanese deserve an election date. No one should ever be happy with only a promise that elections will be held this year. We need a firm date. I also urge the Opposition not to reward the ruthless caretaker Government who disrespects our Constitution by extending its life. As it stands, the fallen Granger Government oppresses the will of the people. This will not be tolerated. It needs to be reminded that the people of Guyana toppled the Granger Government but Mr. Granger is refusing to respect this. To this end, the peaceful protests around the country need to be intensified so as to continue to draw awareness to an oppressive Guyanese government. Silence is an endorsement to such an abusive government.
And Guyanese have had to also endure the lawlessness from Mr. James Patterson at GECOM. He has even acted on discriminatory impulses to eliminate diversity within GECOM when he refused to hire the best qualified candidate as the Deputy Chief Elections Officer. As a result of this, GECOM currently harbours individuals who are employed through corrupt practices. And no one is doing anything about it despite that it is unhealthy and it is a serious problem. How can Guyana ever achieve social cohesion under such lawlessness? And how can Guyana ever benefit from its diverse population under such unfair conditions?
As if this is not enough, GECOM has even lawlessly ripped the pockets of taxpayers by recklessly buying simple pliers for 10 times over the current selling price. This is pure lawlessness. This is how taxpayers are taken for a ride. GECOM has got money to burn while Guyanese starve and die. This is all unacceptable. It needs to be clear as a bell that Guyana will never develop if those in charge continue to steal big and spend big to defend lawlessness and fraud with money belonging to the poor.
The bad apples at GECOM need to be held accountable. Accountability will abrogate lawlessness. This is guaranteed to work. It is simply a strategy, which rests on the principles of operant conditioning.
Dr. Annie Baliram
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