Hiring of GECOM staff should be outsourced – PPP Commissioner

first_imgOpposition-nominated Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Commissioners are likely to push for external organisations to interview candidates for positions at the elections body, since it appears that the current process is being bypassed.Commissioner Bibi Shadick, at a press conference Tuesday, said she will be making this recommendation in the future, since it may be the only way to ensure there is credibility in the process of hiring key personnel.Her suggestion comes days after an investigation by the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) confirmed that GECOM had, for the first time in history, overlooked the top ranked candidate for a position within the organisation. Specifically, the probe found that Vishnu Persaud was ignored even though an internal recruitment process ranked him as the best qualified for the job of Deputy Chief Elections Officer (DCEO).When the matter was put to vote at the full Commission however, the Government Commissioners and the Chairman voted for the second ranked candidate, Roxanne Myers.Commissioner Bibi ShadickJustice James Patterson told the ERC investigators that he did not vote for Persaud because he had a feeling he was “shifty”.This explanation, Shadick contended, is unacceptable. “How do you come to the conclusion that the man is shifty when you’ve never met him,” she inquired.Justice Patterson, according to the ERC report, had failed to provide evidence to substantiate his claims about Persaud.Further commenting on the report, Commissioner Shadick said she was disappointed with the general conclusion on the allegations of unfair hiring practices at GECOM.GECOM Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson“I am disappointed in the ERC report in that they did not have any documentation to make a finding on hiring practices at GECOM… what they should have said, was that in the absence of information, they could not have made that determination,” she explained.The ERC said it found no evidence to support claims that GECOM favoured one ethnicity over another in its recruitment process. However, this was because the Human Resources Manager did not cooperate.Commissioner Robeson Benn believes her lack of participation affected the outcome of the investigation.Like the ERC Commissioners, he too advocated for that body to have powers to summon persons and to administer penalties for failing to comply.last_img read more

Gerhart gets another award

first_imgNORCO – The awards just keep piling up for Toby Gerhart. The Norco High School senior running back’s latest award came Monday, as he was named as California’s Mr. Football, the Cal-Hi Sports’ State Player of the Year. “It’s an unbelievable honor,” Gerhart said. “They keep adding up this year.” Gerhart already had been picked as a Parade All-American and was the Gatorade State Player of the Year as well. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “I thought I had a pretty good chance. I was one of the front runners,” Gerhart said of the latest award. “That (award) and winning the finals means a lot.” When the 6-foot-1, 228-pound Gerhart won the Gatorade award, Norco hadn’t yet won its CIF-Southern Section Division V championship. But since then, he has put the final touches on the state career rushing record with 9,662 yards. He led the state in rushing with 3,233 yards in 2005, scoring 39 touchdowns and finishing with 108 in his career. Gerhart is the first Inland Empire player to win the award in 10 years, since Riverside J.W. North’s Chris Claiborne won it in 1995. The last Inland Valley winner of the award was Pomona’s Marty Keough in 1951. “I think the Inland Empire is underrated in football,” Gerhart said. “Everyone talks about Orange County and L.A. teams, but they don’t think Inland Empire.” center_img Gerhart edged out six other finalists to win the award: Colton’s Allen Bradford, Lemoore’s David Ausberry, Los Angeles Crenshaw’s Darian Hagan Jr., Oakland McClymonds’ Derrick Hill, Compton Dominguez’s Marvin Johnson and El Cajon Valley’s Abrahim Muheize. Gerhart was the only finalist who played almost exclusively on one side of the ball, and Bradford was the only fellow finalist whom Gerhart had met. “I thought he (Bradford) had a little bit of an advantage playing on both sides of the ball,” Gerhart said. “(Setting the record) and the fact our team won in the finals, that made a difference I think.” Gerhart, also a top prospect in baseball, has not made his college decision yet, but UCLA and Stanford appear to be the front runners. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more