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By Abena RockcliffeFollowing damning revelations on his “inadequacies” and deliberations as to whether his contract should be renewed,Cheap NFL Jerseys China, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) yesterday, through a majority vote, decided not to renew Gocool Boodoo’s contract to the post of Chief Elections Officer (CEO).GECOM consists of seven members. Three of the seven were nominated by the Government, two by A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), and one by the Alliance For Change (AFC).  The Chairman is appointed by the president from a list of six submitted by the Opposition Leader. Dr Steve Surujbally was appointed Chairman.Boodoo had moved to the High Court to block the Commission from deciding his fate, but this was rejected by Chief Justice Ian Chang after the latter reversed himself.Former Chief Elections Officer, Gocool BoodooChang had dismissed his own order to block the Guyana Elections Commission from deciding not to renew Boodoo’s contract.  He told the High Court sitting that Boodoo’s court action against each of the six commissioners and Dr Surujbally could not be entertained, because the commission is a collective body that doesn’t operate individually.Yesterday all the Commissioners nominated by the government voted for Boodoo to be awarded another contract but the Opposition representatives said no to the former Chief Elections Officer.Boodoo’s fate was now in the hands of Dr Surujbally who said that based on Boodoo’s interaction with stakeholders and his leadership qualities, among other parameters,Cheap NFL Jerseys, he found that Boodoo was lacking and therefore he couldn’t support the renewal of Boodoo’s contract.Kaieteur News has also learnt that the Chairman took into consideration legal opinions that had all advised that Boodoo had no legitimate expectation for contract renewal.The way forward is that the post “must” be advertised as vacant and word is that Boodoo, who has been off the job since April 30, is free to re-apply as can any other suitably qualified individual. Also,wholesale jerseys, the terms of reference may have to be redrafted.Vincent Alexander,Jerseys NFL Cheap, a Commissioner of the Guyana Election Commission,Cheap Jerseys From China, in a letter that he released last week, stated that there was a deliberate attempt to manipulate the results of the 2011 General and Regional elections.The 2011 elections, for the first time in 20 years,Cheap Jerseys Wholesale, saw the ruling party losing its voting majority in the National Assembly by one seat. Immediately after the 2011 elections, Alexander had highlighted a discrepancy in Boodoo’s calculation that had excluded the 25 constituency seats and only taken 40 seats into consideration.Boodoo’s original calculation had given the People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) 33 seats with 48.57 percent of votes, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) 26, and Alliance For Change (AFC) six. However, the “accurate” calculation resulted in the PPP/C being given 32 seats, APNU 26 and AFC seven, giving the opposition the majority in parliament.Had that not been corrected, PPP/C would have come out of those elections winning the majority in the National Assembly.Alexander claimed that in the 2006 elections, Boodoo again miscalculated and gave the ruling party a seat that had been won by the Alliance for Change. This was never reversed although the Guyana Elections Commission acknowledged the “mistake”. This prevailed for five years.Alexander, who sits as a Commissioner in representation of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) said that Boodoo was singularly responsible for converting the vote count into seats.Alexander reiterated that there was no error of calculation this time around.  He said that 65 replaced 40 in the formula and emphasized that “no calculations were presented to the Commission for scrutiny.”This instance marks the first that a serving Commissioner has made such revelations.Even though the joint parliamentary Opposition was opposed to Boodoo’s reappointment before, Alexander’s revelation secured a concretized position that GECOM cannot be deemed reliable with Boodoo as Chief Elections Officer.
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