Guyanese,The Elections Commission has exclusive and explicit responsibility for the conduct of general and regional elections in accordance with the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana (at Article 62).The Constitution (at Article 162 (1) I) states, further, that: “…The Elections Commission shall have such functions connected with or relating to the registration of electors or the conduct of elections…”The Elections Commission is insulated from political influence, instruction or interference and its independence is safeguarded by the Constitution. The independence of the Commission and the integrity of the electoral process are essential to ensuring elections which express the will of the electorate. I am committed to providing governmental assistance to the Commission to ensure that the forthcoming elections will not be contaminated by mismanagement or malpractice.The Elections Commission has a constitutional obligation, therefore, to ensure that everything necessary would be done to deliver credible elections. It is the Commission’s task to ensure that adequate resources are acquired; personnel are employed; the Official List of Electors which enfranchises all eligible voters is published; administrative mechanisms to ensure efficient polling and the counting and tabulation of results are implemented; and that the laws of Guyana are enforced.I have emphasised, repeatedly, that the imperative has been to provide every assistance to the Commission to enable it to conduct “credible elections at the earliest time possible.” My position remains unaltered.I have acted expeditiously throughout the year to ensure that credible general and regional elections are held. I consulted the Elections Commission on two occasions. I consulted the Leader of the Opposition on three occasions to select a new Chairman of the Elections Commission in accordance with the Constitution (at Article 161 (1)). I appointed Justice Claudette Singh, SC, CCH, as Chairman of the Commission and administered the Oath of Office to her on 29th July 2019.I have full confidence in the Chairman’s independence, integrity and impartiality and her intention and ability to perform the functions of her office in the best interest of the Guyanese people.A Governmental team met the Chairman and Commissioners of the Elections Commission on Friday 13th September 2019 to ascertain its readiness to conduct the elections. A Parliamentary Opposition team met the Commission, also, on Tuesday 10th September. We are assured that the Commission is doing everything possible to prepare to conduct credible elections at the earliest time possible.The Elections Commission must be allowed to continue the task of preparing for the forthcoming general and regional elections. The Commission has an obligation to assure the public that it is ready to conduct credible elections and to advise the President of its readiness to do so. I could then dissolve Parliament and issue a proclamation appointing a date on which elections could be held in accordance with the Constitution.It would be reckless and irresponsible, on my part, to appoint a date for elections without the Commission’s advice and assurance that it would be ready to conduct elections on such a date.I call on all Guyanese to have confidence in the Elections Commission. I am ready to be guided by the Chairman’s assessment of the Commission’s preparedness to conduct elections.I urge everyone to uphold the Constitution and respect the judgment of our independent institutions and the people who have been appointed to manage them. I look forward to the Commission’s recommendation to conduct credible elections at the earliest time possible.May God bless Guyana.
Finn Harps kick-off their 2011 Airtricity League First Division campaign against a Limerick side who were one of only two teams to leave Finn Park with a league victory last season. And since Mervue United pulled out of Ballybofey on 7th May last with a shock 3-2 victory, no other side has managed to depart with the full haul of points. James Gallagher and his new look squad will be hoping to extend that run on Friday. Gallagher is likely to give competitive debuts to Gareth Harkin and Conor O’Grady, while Paddy McLaughlin looks set to start again in his first game back at the club. Ciaran Coll, who missed all of last season with injury, should get the nod at left-back. Kevin McHugh – scorer of fifteen goals in 2010 and is now just two goals away from overhauling Con McLaughlin as Harps’ second top goalscorer of all time – will again be the man that Harps turn to for goals this year. Much of Harps’ success this season could hinge upon the newly appointed club captain staying injury and suspension free. Harps will be minus the services of Garbhan Friel (knee) and Gary Merritt who is away with the Irish Schools panel. Aaron O’Hagan is doubtful. With the fixture list having been redrawn just over a week ago, Harps had been expecting a trip to the banks of the Lee in their opening fixture, but instead were handed a home fixture against the Pat Scully managed Limerick.The Shannonsiders have had a great pre-season and Scully feels that they are capable to winning the First Division title this year. And, of course, in their ranks is former Harps player Chris Breen who could make his Limerick bow against his former team-mates. “We’re expecting a really tough game,” said Harps boss ahead of the season opener. “It’s probably a tougher start than what was originally scheduled for us (Cork away). Limerick have been the form team in pre-season, scoring three and four goals in every game they’ve played. “On top of that, Pat Scully said he wants to win the league this year so if they feel like they can make a statement like at the start of the year we have to believe they have a really strong side. They’ll be tough to beat but it’s a game we’re going into looking to win.” The Harps Manager was full of praise for the work his squad has put in over the last six weeks since returning to pre-season training. “I need to give credit to the players for the condition they came back in, it made pre-season fairly easy. A lot of them have come back in much better physical shape to when they came back for pre-season last year. They have definitely improved in that regard. “Speaking to the players, they have been saying it has been the toughest pre-season they have ever done, which is very encouraging from our point of view. It’s fantastic to see them really pushing themselves, trying to improve their overall fitness,” he said. So what is Gallagher’s hopes for the season and does he see an improvement in last season’s eight place finish? “We’ll not really know until we get up and running. You could play twenty pre-season games but when the real stuff starts it’s a completely different story and we won’t know where we’re at until we start playing the first few games. “I would expect Limerick, Shelbourne, Waterford and Cork to be the main ones leading from the front. We would be hoping to keep in touch with those four sides for as long as we can, as opposed to sides like Longford, Wexford, and Athlone – teams we were embroiled with last year.“I think if we can keep pace with those four sides – clubs with a much bigger budget than ours – it would be a fantastic achievement for the club,” said Gallagher. “It’s a long, hard season and a lot of things can happen so we’ll just see where it takes us.”Finn Park, Friday 4th March 2011 – Kick-off 8.00pm MATCH SPONSOR: Highland Bakery Suspended: NoneDoubtful: Aaron O’HaganInjured: Garbhan Friel (knee)Unavailable: Gary MerrittForm Guide (last six league games)Finn Harps: D-D-L-W-D-W (9 pts)Limerick: L-W-W-D-L-W (10 pts)Finn Harps Pre-Season Results (Harps goalscorers in brackets)29th January 2011 – Finn Harps 1-1 Sligo Rovers (o.g.)6th February 2011 – Finn Harps 0-0 Derry City (Harps won 4-2 on pens)18th February 2011 – Letterkenny Rovers 2–2 Finn Harps (McMenamin, Brolly)19th February 2011 – Finn Harps 8-0 Swinford (McHugh 3, Bonner 2, Friel, Brolly, o.g)23rd February 2011 – Finn Harps 2-3 Northern Ireland Amateurs (Mailey, McHugh)28th February 2011 – Finn Harps 3-0 Cockhill Celtic (McLaughlin, McHugh, Whoriskey) EndsHARPS HOPING LIMERICK WILL BE FIRST SCALP OF SEASON was last modified: March 4th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)