GECOM has become the President’s trump card and lifeline

first_imgDear Editor,The APNU/AFC coalition regime has not reached the stage of doctrinal dictatorship yet, at least when compared to the post-independence period from 1968 to 1992, the genealogical heart of the PNC. There seems to be little indication that this will happen given the successful No-Confidence Motion (NCM) inflicted upon it on December 21, 2018.However, the regime’s grid of supervision and surveillance over Guyana’s affairs has dwindled, conceding some power to the opposition, PPP.What has happened since the NCM is that the regime has operated on the “logic” of restraint not onto itself but to the private-oriented institutions and the opposition while applying a tight confluence between sister-affiliated institutions in and out of Guyana.In every nodal point of challenge, the regime is relying desperately on the Office of the Attorney General and GECOM, its twin horns, to reconfigure the basic meaning of the Constitution, mathematics, among others, under the rubric of “situational necessity” or something like that, in the courts.The minutiae of bunkums – 34 is the majority of 65, the Constitution is wrong, GECOM is not ready – has been transmogrified into full-blown national and regional comedies. Some in the APNU/AFC regime have lampooned themselves in Guyana’s new encyclopedia of who’s who in constitutional semantics while some rue. It is sad to watch the entanglements of the once boastful and buzzed APNU/AFC coalition.Despite threats of imminent doom, the regime has refused to acquiesce to any demands constitutionally placed on it, opting to maintain the spirit of grasping for power rather than upholding the letter of the law.This stable and stubborn position has called in the entire edifice of the regime’s sincerity of good governance into question. What the hell do you mean by good governance? What the hell are your intentions? What is needed now is bureaucratic discretion, not bureaucratic donkeyism.Noticeably, too, is that GECOM, like the regime, has begun to operate on the “logic” of restraint within the Commission rather than on the “logic” of facilitation as mandated. If you have not noticed, the self-styled, no paladin Chairman for anyone has voted according to the expectation of the regime: a delay of the general election until GECOM is ready.Expect more voting to occur along these lines since no way in the world is GECOM an independent institution, never was, never will be, unless there is some sort of reform. There are now four APNU/AFC and three PPP members respectively.The latter is simply decorative, an empty shell. To declare that the Chairman of GCEOM is an independent thinker would be promoting ignorance and engaging a habit of exaggeration. The outcome of the recent meeting between teams Granger and Jagdeo tells it all.Am I supposed to believe these declared sentiments by the President of Guyana: “Let me make one thing clear, GECOM is an autonomous, GECOM is an independent agency and there is no part of the Constitution which gives the President or the executive in general, authority to interfere, intervene or intrude in the work of the elections commission”.The unilateral appointment of GECOM’s Chairman by the President against the wishes of the majority fills those vital lacunae and punctuates the morphology of thinking within this regime. We will settle for nothing less but to stay in power. The Chairman of GECOM has become the President’s trump card and lifeline of the APNU/AFC regime.Sincerely,Lomarsh Roopnarinelast_img read more

Islanders Shock The Lightning, 5-3

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — The New York Islanders know they’ve yet to see the best of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Vezina Trophy finalist Ben Bishop.Shane Prince scored twice during a three-goal first period and John Tavares had a goal and an assist April 27 to help the Islanders beat one of the NHL’s top goalies 5-3 in Game 1 of the second-round Stanley Cup playoff series.The defending Eastern Conference champions pulled Bishop midway through the second period after the Islanders scored four goals on their first 13 shots, one of them on a knuckler that fluttered through the 6-foot-7 goaltender’s legs.“He’d probably like to have one back, but at the end of the day he’s going to bounce back. He’s a great goaltender. It’s a long series,” New York coach Jack Capuano said.“It’s just one game. But whatever guy’s in there, we’ve just got to continue to do what we need to do and get pucks and bodies to the net. Some of our shots had eyes. Again, you need some puck luck in this game if you’re going to win, and we had that tonight.”Taking up where he left off in helping the Islanders advance beyond the first round for the first time in 23 years, Tavares assisted on Travis Hamonic’s goal that erased an early deficit and later scored his sixth postseason goal on a blistering shot from the left circle to give New York a 4-1 lead midway through the second.The Islanders needed overtime to get three of four victories against the Florida Panthers in the opening round. This one was never seriously in doubt after New York wiped out the 1-0 lead Tampa Bay took on Ondrel Palat’s goal just over three minutes into the game.“I think our group’s got a great mindset. A lot of confidence, obviously,” Tavares said. “We’re all very familiar with one another and just want to keep rolling.”Tampa Bay pulled to 4-3 on third-period goals by Nikita Kucherov and Valtteri Filppula before Cal Clutterbuck’s empty-netter sealed the victory in the final minute.“This is not how we wanted to start, but at the time same we’ve been in this situation before and we’ll bounce back from this,” Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman said.“In the third we played a lot better and had opportunities to tie it up, but we put ourselves in a big hole. ‘We almost got there, but being down three goals is tough.”Thomas Greiss, who won one game in overtime and two in double overtime against Florida, finished with 33 saves for the Islanders. They were outshot 28-10 over the last two periods.Game 2 is April 30 at Amalie Arena.Bishop was superb in allowing no more than two goals in any of Tampa Bay’s five games against Detroit in the opening round. He yielded four in 13 shots to the Islanders before replaced by Andrei Vasilevskiy.Tampa Bay entered the series following a six-day layoff, but the benefit of the extended rest was debatable after the Islanders overcame the early deficit to take a two-goal lead into the first intermission.Prince scored twice in the final 2:32 of the opening period, camping out alone in front of the net to deflect a pass from Ryan Strome through Bishop at 17:28 and beating the goalie with a wrist shot from the right circle with 2.1 seconds remaining .“What hurt us was giving up two goals in the last two and a half minutes,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “We were way too soft in those last few minutes.”New York built the 3-1 lead despite failing to take advantage of its first two power-play opportunities. Given a third chance with a man-advantage, the Islanders struck with Tavares to make it 4-1.That ended Bishop’s night.“One of those nights where nothing goes your way. You just have to move on from it,” the Lightning goalie said. “It’s not about the last game, it’s about the next one, so I need to focus on that.”Vasilevskiy stopped all eight shots the Islanders took at him, four in the last half of the second period and four more in the third.Meanwhile, the Lightning pushed and pushed offensively before finally breaking through against Griess, who stopped 221 of 234 shots in the first round.Kucherov scored his sixth goal this postseason at 7:41 of the third period. Filppula scored on a rebound shot with 2:32 left, trimming New York’s lead to 4-3.“Honestly, I thought we could have had the lead midway through the third. That’s how many chances we had,” Cooper said. “We pressed and pressed and pressed and got within one. There is something to build off of.”(FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more