Is the Chief Elections Officer guilty of misconduct in public office?

first_imgDear Editor,GECOM Chief Elections Officer, Mr Keith Lowenfield is a public officer holding a constitutional post. He has a fiduciary responsibility to discharge his responsibilities in a constitutional, legal, professional, and honest manner. To date, he has failed miserably at doing so. Hot off the heels of Local Government Elections (LGE), and immediately following the no-confidence motion on December 21, 2019, Mr Lowenfield should have moved into full action to organise for National and Regional Elections.In fact, he should have started preparations months ago, immediately following the motion being presented to Parliament on November 15. Instead, we have seen delay, prevarication and every tactic to frustrate the achievement of the constitutional deadline of March 20 to hold elections. By December 22, Mr Lowenfield should have submitted a detailed project plan to hold elections which should have been sent to every Commissioner of GECOM. To date, only a flimsy effort has been attempted. Why are taxpayers’ monies being wasted by such incompetence? Any capable person would have already sent a full and detailed project plan to execute elections by March 20. But not Mr Lowenfield! In my opinion, there is only one explanation—Mr Lowenfield has betrayed his professional and constitutional responsibility.In the circumstances, a full investigation should be launched into the conduct or misconduct of Mr Lowenfield. A professional manager would have presented, not later than two weeks after the motion was presented to the Parliament, a full playbook and project plan on achieving elections at the shortest possible time. So, despite over a month’s delay on having the no-confidence motion debated and over 42 days since that motion being passed (a total of 80 days since the motion was submitted), we are no closer to holding elections by the constitutional deadline. With such high salaries and budgets, Mr Lowenfield is either highly inept or simply a shrewd political operative of APNU/AFC who is abusing his constitutional position to delay elections.Perhaps his visas should be pulled, and criminal charges brought against him for misconduct in public office. I call on Mr Anil Nandlall to consider filing such actions immediately or the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to similarly do.We are now heading into a constitutional crisis and a proper plan to execute the elections by March 20 has not been submitted. All due to Mr Lowenfield. Of course, aided and abetted by the Chairman of the Elections Commission, who was neither fit nor proper, to occupy his position. Together, with APNU and AFC, it is yet another effort to manipulate the process of conducting free and fair elections. Bring on the charges immediately against Mr Lowenfield.Our Private Sector must also act in this regard by lobbying all the observers and diplomatic posts of the apparent misconduct of Mr Lowenfield. Letters to the Organisation of American States (OAS), Commonwealth Secretariat, Caricom, and other major Bodies, are now essential. Otherwise, Mr Lowenfield will continue to operate as an APNU political operative instead of conducting himself and the vast agency – GECOM – that he is responsible for, in a state of preparation to hold elections. After all, LGE elections were just held in November 2018 and all systems were tested and prepared.Let the bells toll. Mr Lowenfield is guilty of misconduct in public office. Start the prosecution. Cancel his visas. Let the world know that Mr Lowenfield is the key person about the plunge Guyana into a constitutional crisis, by failing to have GECOM ready to conduct elections by March 19, 2019.Sincerely,A Grantlast_img read more

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San Luis Potosi gives El Tri warm welcome

first_imgMexico San Luis Potosi ready to host Mexico national team in rare trip away from capital Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 2 years ago 11:41 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Javier Hernandez Mexico Confederations Cup Getty Images Mexico WC Qualification CONCACAF Mexico v Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago World Cup Ahead of a rare game outside of Mexico City and not in the U.S., the central city has welcomed the national team with open arms SAN LUIS POTOSI, Mexico — Everywhere the Mexico national team goes, it gets a huge reception, but Thursday was overwhelming even for El Tri.The team’s arrival from the airport in San Luis Potosi to its hotel dinner Thursday was delayed by an ever-growing crowd of fans who serenaded the team bus with “Cielito Lindo” and yelled other messages of support.In a news conference shortly after arriving, Mexico midfielder Hector Herrera said the reception will motivate the team during Friday’s contest against Trinidad and Tobago. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “I want to thank the fans. The reception was powerful, and all the guys felt it because they know the passion and love the Mexican fans have for their national team,” Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio added without prompting at the same news conference. “Today, truly, I think they felt it, so we’re very thankful to all the fans who participated in this gesture.”Lots of fans waiting for Mexico to arrive at its hotel in San Luis Potosí #ElTriEng pic.twitter.com/LrHJqq4CX0 — Jon Arnold (@ArnoldcommaJon) October 6, 2017 Ticket sales might lag at the Estadio Azteca, but the national team is a big deal here, where it hasn’t played in a decade. That means it’s the first time Kevin Rodriguez can remember that he has had the chance to catch a glimpse of his national team heroes in person.”It’s a really great thing. I’ve never been able to see them,” the 15-year-old said while waiting outside the team hotel before its arrival. “I’m here to see if I can see a player.”Rodriguez, whose favorite player is Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, was waiting with his brother and mother. He said that even though the city went through a time without a team last year, the arrival of Atletico San Luis has allowed him to see several games this season.Tre Castillo, who works in a bakery just outside the site of Friday’s match, the Estadio Alfonso Lastras, says people in the city have been excited about the national team coming since the decision was announced last month. “I think it’s a city that likes football. You see men, kids, women, going to the games,” she said. “A lot of people line up to go when there’s an Atletico San Luis game, but now that the national team is here, I imagine there will be a whole lot of people.”In San Luis Potosí & chatting with local residents. Definitely a level of excitement to have the national team in town. pic.twitter.com/eAhH0ZDRqt — Jon Arnold (@ArnoldcommaJon) October 5, 2017 For some Mexicans, its’s been easier to cross the border for friendly games in Texas, California or Arizona, than see their team within their own borders. Mexico rarely leaves the Estadio Azteca and when it does generally is playing friendly matches in the United States thanks to a lucrative contract SUM.Mexico has, generally, been quite good when it has played away from those sites. In the one qualifier played away from Mexico City in the last cycle, Mexico topped El Salvador 2-0 in Torreon. It topped Canada in Tuxtla Gutierrez and Belize in Monterrey in the cycle before that. And Mexico was on the move often in the build-up to the 2006 World Cup, playing six matches outside the capital and winning by an aggregate score of 33-2, including the 5-2 win over Guatemala in the same stadium where Friday’s game will take place.”At the end of the day, the national team is everyone’s, but unfortunately we’re not able to take it to the whole country. We have the opportunity to take it out of Mexico City and take it to another city and this time we chose San Luis Potosi,” FMF president Decio de Maria said when announcing the match in September.Potosinos are trying their hardest to make sure it will be on the radar for future trips outside the capital, that it won’t be 10 years before they’re once again able to welcome El Tri.last_img read more

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