Home Letters GECOM commissioners have committed an act of subversion
The legal definition of subversion is a systematic attempt to overthrow or undermine a Government or political system by persons working from within; also: the crime of committing acts in furtherance of such an attempt. It is my contention that by voting to carry on business as usual and not begin immediate preparations for General and Regional Elections, Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM) Commissioners Alexander, Trotman, Corbin and Chairman Patterson have committed an act of subversion.
The Constitution mandates an election within 90 days of the passage of the No-Confidence Motion; (GECOM) is the entity that is responsible for the administration and conduct of elections in Guyana. A vote to disregard the mandated elections is a clear act of subversion; an illegal arrogation of power and a usurpation of powers vested in the Executive Presidency. The Granger Administration must act to preserve the inviolability of the Constitution. Charges of subversion (high treason) must be laid against the Chairman and offending commissioners.
It matters not that the incumbent President may find the vote favourable to his position, the principle in play is of utmost importance. President Granger has been careful so far to employ tactics of plausible deniability in all of the actions of his Administration since the passage of the NCM, his renaming of the Cabinet as a Ministry Plenary is in keeping with his modus operandi; awaiting the outcome of the court case; awaiting the outcome of the appeals of the Chief Justice’s ruling; but this action by the GECOM quartet falls outside of circumvention and squarely into that of subversion.
Editor, there is no evidence to say that President Granger directed any commissioner to commit any act that subverts the Constitution, however, should his Administration fail to prosecute or at the very minimum, open an investigation into this act of high treason, then the inference will be made that he is complicit. For the sake of his Office, I sincerely hope this is not the case.
Should the Granger Administration not see it fit to institute charges, I will ask civil society organisations to lead by asking that personal sanctions be levied on the quartet by the international community.