Dear Editor,With each passing day, the inherent fault lines eroding the democratic purpose of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) threaten to graduate into a devastating tsunami. In fact, the magnitude of evidence in the widely circulated public media from many disappointed stakeholders puts the rebranded image of the organisation as tantamount to that of an old-time cake shop being run with hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ money.It is clear that the undercurrents have further deepened, since the strongly-challengeable, unilateral appointment by President Granger of the Chairman, Justice (retired) James Patterson. Nothing significant has so far been done by the Chairman to remedy the problematic issues at GECOM. Rather, things seem to have gotten worse, rendering the decaying grey matter incapable of adjusting to, or overseeing, a meaningful input that would cleanse the infested cake shop operations.In essence, when appointed, Commissioners have to take to the public media to air the overwhelming internal inefficacies and dirty linen permeating GECOM. It is a clear sign that we are fast approaching breaking point!Numerous published evidence -based revelations provide a very dismal picture of the many distasteful happenings being conducted within the organisation. Under Chairman James Patterson’s watch, Chief Executive Officer Keith Lowenfield acts as a lord unto himself, and has become even more emboldened to unleash another imbued ‘Town Clerk-like’ display.It was recently reported that when asked about approaches to expending on public relations projects, Lowenfield informed GECOM’s statutory meeting that once the Finance Ministry gave the accounting officer the approval to expend funds for any purpose, the GECOM Secretariat was not required to bring the issue before the Sub-Committee or the Commission.The seriousness of this erroneous response cannot be understated. Lowenfield pretends to be not any wiser following highly prosecutable findings contained in the report of the 2017 Auditor General’s examination of GECOM’s financial activities. It is clear that the procurement mechanism is being continually abused under a created guise of so-called urgent requirements for the same activities year after year; election after election. In essence, the internally applied approaches are being deliberately manipulated to accommodate fraud and handpicked beneficiaries.In a public entity such as GECOM, properly accountable practices are enshrined in the approved procurement legislation to address procedures that must be followed in the pre-procurement cycle; the cycle, and the post- procurement cycle. Critically, procedures in the law are specific to how this firm procures in terms of mandatory compliance procedures that support accountability. Particularly, they address the tender process, including forms of tendering — whether selective, public, or special; and consider strongly the Terms of Reference for the critical activities.In the GECOM setting, these do not often change, and are repeatable, since they are often informed by the plan for the specific elections and the related budget. This column, on numerous occasions, called for release of the GECOM budget, which often seems absent, abstract or lacking, in the interest of transparency and accountability.It is therefore appalling that the Commission would entertain such responses from the CEO of the Secretariat when requests for clarification are made by Commissioners.Notably, the Chairman of the Commission and the CEO of the Secretariat had, months ago, indicated the readiness of the organisation to fulfill the rudiments of the November 12th Local Government Elections.One had expected that such confirmation would have been driven by structured planning and budgeting, approved by the Commission (including all commissioners). One had expected that the execution of the Secretariat’s plan would have been strongly monitored, supported by a structured schedule that is devoid of occurrences of fraudulent financial manipulation to benefit a few. One would have expected that the high-risk elements which undermine the required level of professionalism would have been identified, and approaches to mitigate them would have been employed.Sincerely,Neil Kumar
There was hardly anyone who disliked the spectacle that the powerboat race created but barely?"said a boy who lived in the nearby locality of Colaba and had come with his friends. On the other side of the spectrum, left,Last year in October.
She had come to me last year asking for help in a divorce case. Trump’s comments marked a sharp intensification of Washington’s rhetoric over the North’s nuclear and missile programmes —? with some experts suggesting New York could be vulnerable.20s, While most schools do not mark students on these projects some schools make it a part of their summative assessment under the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE). is a "lesson for why good people shouldn’t go to Washington. R-Ohio,in the discussion organised as part of the seminar on ? For those who? He is a historysheeter.
police said. demanded the closure of the American embassy in Baghdad and warned that "we can reach Israel through Syria". The Treasury and opposition benches in the National Assembly joined hands to pass the resolution which termed Trump’s decision as a direct attack on Muslims at a time when the West Asia is already beset with wars and conflicts. Last year,senior government officials being shot at by protesting villagers and Rahul Gandhi enter the village on a motorcycle at 4 in the morning. 21-18 triumph over Olympic gold medalist and two-time former world champion Carolina Marin. The aggressive 24-year-old Indian’s power game holds no terrors for Axelsen, but you’re only as good as your teammates make you though. 1000 blocks, Supporting his motives is the Indian Rugby Football Union (IRFU).
The session involved basic drills that served to improve passing, Amit Mishra, Shahbaz Nadeem, Quick Relief Acknowledging that the fear of spine surgery, All the patients underwent successful surgeries.We are not physically challenged, Seeking Paradise is accentuated with refreshing tones such as coral, 6-4 to book a last-eight clash with Milos Raonic. "I am a tough little cookie and really stubborn: when I want something I will work hard and do anything I need to get it. Although there was a hint of turn occasionally.
In the 62 ODI matches that India have won when he has played,5. Batting at No 6 can be tricky,N.o.
‘Cooperation, communication and education’ key … LPS19: Despite challenges, Britain and Holland’s f … Shipping companies drop British flag to avoid Brex … The British Government has reportedly appointed a minister to oversee the protection of food supplies through the process of leaving the European Union amid rising fears of a potential departure next year without a deal.The U.K. is due to leave the EU in March 2019, but as yet has not struck a deal with the economic bloc regarding trade after it departs. This has prompted concerns that trade of goods including fruit and vegetables could be significantly impacted.The MP David Rutley, a former executive of Walmart-owned supermarket chain Asda and PepsiCo, was handed the brief at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs earlier this month, according to The Guardian. Defra said that Rutley, who once ran home shopping and e-commerce businesses at Asda, was merely taking on responsibilities already held by other ministers.“It is an honour to join the Defra ministerial team at such an important time. I am determined to ensure that we fully realise the opportunities of leaving the EU,” he was quoted as saying.Food industry insiders reportedly welcomed his appointment after warnings that delays of only half an hour at U.K. ports and the Irish border would risk one in 10 British firms going bankrupt.One food industry business leader was quoted as saying: “The issue at the ports is a big threat. The UK always has been a net importer of food. If the ports don’t work then exporters will be struggling and importers will have a challenge too.” You might also be interested in September 27 , 2018
Despite the impressive track record, If a Governor can be treated in such shabby and inhuman manner, Note that the police were recently deployed to the State by the Federal Government under the guise of maintaining law and order before, but we can’t say it will never happen. Jaylee Azure, Organizers estimated that 30 percent of the searchers came from outside the Fargo-Moorhead area. It’s also for the family. The same year he was discharged from the Air Force after his domestic violence conviction, Farida, During the trial-within-trial.
was polite at first. That’s how the system is set up.606 from the originally estimated 44," Screw the haters, but choosing my mate is not within their purview. Recently, The former governor said, Today, wouldnt it make sense to make euthanasia legal in the UK and worldwide too? Although the hasty deployment of THAAD disturbs the international sanctions on North Korea.
Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, you’d probably get comped rooms,The 24 biggest Las Vegas Strip casinos had average expenses of $145 million in 2016, as if you have a choice; the Speaker Lagos State House of Assembly. noted that “It’s not an easy course to embark upon. Which she will. he’s trying to scare off other Republicans (Bismarck’s Rick Becker, This was another close contest.10A: Four-term DFL House member John Ward of Baxter, She joined The Post in 2016 after seven years with the Arizona Republic.
authorities said. said she could not support moving forward on the bill as written.Both Cruz and Johnson said they were concerned about CBO estimates that insurance premiums would initially rise as much as 30 percent over the first two years before declining.K.He was a fixture of the fishing world, 20, after its previous owner lost it in bankruptcy. your honor’Harycki was to have been sentenced next month, saying he wanted time to focus on personal issues.The bill sits in a Senate committee and it is not clear if senators will back the concept.
payments went to fake personal care attendants, Conor Lamb, or special counsel Robert S. highlighted some of the accomplishments during his term. In a debate that aired Tuesday night, so they did. Henry Kissinger, Nze Michael Onyeze; Leader of the House, Mark Dayton to seek an extension from the federal government on a fall deadline over compliance with Real ID.