Members of the main Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) in Guyana staged a protest in Parliament yesterday to voice their dissatisfaction with the recent appointment of retired Justice James Patterson as the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).

Waving placards with slogans such as “free and fair elections”, “no more rigging” and “not fit and proper” as they sat in Parliament, the opposition legislators heckled President David Granger as he made his presentation.

But despite the protests, the president continued with his address in which he outlined the Government’s broad economic plan and legislative agenda for the future while also focusing on achievements over the last year.

He also made reference to various Government sectors and international issues related to Guyana including the border controversy with Venezuela.

“Despite the lawlessness,” the Government will continue to push ahead with its development plan,” Granger told Parliament.

Meanwhile, in responding to criticisms of his appointment as the Chairman of GECOM, Patterson yesterday brushed aside reproaches that have sought to downplay his ability to perform effectively in the post.

He told reporters that he was not bothered by the criticisms.

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