Vishnu Persaud appointed new Chief Election Officer

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Vishnu Persaud

Vishnu Persaud has been appointed Chief Election Officer (CEO)/Commission of Registration of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). 

This announcement was made at a meeting of the Commission that was held on Friday, December 10, 2021. 

Persaud was chosen as the superior candidate of the two persons interviewed. The other candidate was former Jamaican Elections Officer Leslie Harrow.

Persaud and Harrow were selected from a combined shortlist of persons to be interviewed. Subsequent to the interviews, the Commission met and deliberated on the candidates, and Persaud was selected.

GECOM’s Chairperson, Justice (retired) Claudette Singh has justified Persaud’s appointment. 

She said that having read the endorsement of the former GECOM Chairman Dr. Steve Surujbally, she is of the view that Persaud has acquired institutional knowledge having been employed with GECOM for 17 years.

During his tenure at the Commission, Persaud held the post of Public Relations Officer, Deputy Chief Election Officer for three years, and acted as Chief Election Officer on several occasions. 

Justice Singh added that Persaud is knowledgeable not only with the understanding and management of the work of the CEO’s office and the operational functions of the Secretariat but also with the geography of Guyana’s 10 administrative regions. 

As such, she said that she had no hesitation in endorsing Persaud’s appointment since he has the necessary skills, experience, and expertise that makes him eminently qualified to handle the job. 

Persaud is expected to assume office in the new week once all contractual and procedural matters are finalised. He also has to take the oath of office.

GECOM said it is hopeful that with his extensive experience in the agency, Persaud will execute the functions of the office CEO and Commissioner of Registration within the confines of the law and deliver with excellence.

A few months back, GECOM advertised for several top posts including that of CEO. This was after the Commission voted to terminate the contracts of Keith Lowenfield and Roxanne Myers who were employed as CEO and Deputy Chief Election Officer respectively.

Lowenfield and Myers are before the courts on several electoral fraud 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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