“Nobody has to have any worry about my neutrality”- CEO Persaud

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Vishnu Persaud was on Tuesday sworn in as Chief Election Officer (CEO)/Commission of Registration of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).

And already, he has vowed to carry out the functions of his office in accordance with the law and without fear, favour, partiality, or affection.

“Nobody has to have any worry about my neutrality or that I may deviate from…what is lawful and proper,” Persaud told reporters shortly after being sworn in as Commissioner of Registration by Chief Roxane George.

Importantly, he assured citizens that he will carry out his duties honestly and professionally.

Reflecting on his previous post as Public Relations Officer and Deputy CEO at GECOM, Persaud added, “I would venture that most people in the public at large would have known me for carrying out my duties [by] adhering to the laws and the policies of the Commission. I guarantee that I will continue in that same trait.”

According to him, he welcomes the opportunity to return to GECOM to carry out duties in the best interest of all concerned. He said his first task is to “get a feel” of what is happening in the various departments and how he can engage to ensure that the functions of GECOM are completed successfully and satisfactorily.

The new CEO added that in terms of the “bigger picture”, he will have to be guided and advised by the Commission. He explained that this has to mostly do with the registration of voters and preparations for elections. Persaud served as Public Relations Officer and Deputy CEO for more than 15 years.

His appointment comes months after GECOM agreed to terminate the contracts of Keith Lowenfield who served as CEO; Roxanne Myers who held the post of Deputy CEO; and Region Four Returning Officer Clairmont Mingo.

They are facing several charges for their alleged attempts to rig the March 2020 General and Regional Elections in favour of the then caretaker APNU+AFC Government.

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