After a meeting with President David Granger this morning, Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Justice (Ret’d) James Patterson has demitted office.

A brief statement issued by the government said that “President Granger thanked Justice Patterson for his service over the past 20 months. The former GECOM Chair resigned on Monday, June 24, 2019, thereby rendering that post vacant.”

The decision by Patterson to demit office is in keeping with the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) that his appointment was “flawed” and thereby unconstitutional.

The statement added, “The Government of Guyana reiterates its acceptance of the CCJ ruling in the case of Zulfikar Mustafa and the Attorney General of Guyana and the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission.”

Justice Patterson was appointed as GECOM Chair in October 2017.


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