Expedite appointment of GECOM Chair

first_imgDear Editor,Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo submitted his list of six nominees to President Granger for selection of one to be appointed as Chairman of the Guyana Election Commission (GECOM). The President should move with haste in making the appointment, since all of the nominees are fully qualified and ‘fit and proper’ to head GECOM. The business of the elections body has been left at a standstill since last February. That is more than six months, with a lot of work remaining in planning and organising for the next local government elections, due in 2019, and the general elections in 2020. This is enough reason to appoint a chair now.There is no justifiable reason to further delay the appointment. The President wanted someone who is a judge or qualified to be a judge. The Chief Justice has chimed in, saying the six nominees or an appointee does not have to be a judge.The population at large also agrees with the Chief Justice in an opinion poll I conducted earlier this year. At any rate, Jagdeo has nominated a former Judge in his list.As the language said, any fit or proper person can serve as Chair. Indeed, none of the Chairs of GECOM had been a judge, thus any fit or proper person who is not a judge or not qualified to be a judge, or not a lawyer, can be Chair of GECOM.All of the nominees submitted by Jagdeo in his three different lists of six were/are all qualified to serve as Chair. Some were/are judges, or qualified to be judges; and some are respected lawyers.All 18 nominees are outstanding characters who would have done an exceptional job in guaranteeing free and fair elections. One was certain the President would have appointed Lawrence Lachmansingh or Attorney-at-Law Christopher Ram, men of integrity; or one of the other great Guyanese. Chris Ram campaigned for the coalition in 2011 and 2015, and Lachmansingh served as an election observer in several elections that benefited the coalition. One could not get a reasonable explanation for their rejection.On the current list of nominees, retired Major General Joseph Singh is a former Chair of GECOM. He is the most qualified to be Chair, given his prior experience at the commission. In all likelihood, he would be the appointee, though the others would also do an exceptional job — Attorneys-at-Law Teni Housty and Sanjeev Datadin; former Magistrate Krishnadat Persaud; Aviator and businesswoman Annette Arjoon-Martins; and Pastor Onesi La Fleur.President Granger would be hard put to reject Joe Singh or a former judge or a lawyer; and outside of these nominees, a more qualified person to serve as Chair would be almost impossible to find. The President should expedite the appointment from the latest list.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

Picture this: More TVs now than people in typical home

first_imgNEW YORK – The average American home now has more television sets than people. That threshold was crossed within the past two years, according to Nielsen Media Research. There are 2.73 TV sets in the typical home and 2.55 people, the researchers said. With televisions now on buses, elevators and in airport lobbies, that development may have as much to do with TV’s ubiquity as an appliance as it does conspicuous consumption. The popularity of flat-screen TVs now makes it easy to put sets where they’ve never been. David and Teresa Leon of Schenectady, N.Y., and their 4-year-old twins have seven sets, plus an eighth they haven’t set up yet. They include TVs in both the parents’ and kids’ bedrooms, the family and living rooms and one in the kitchen that is usually turned to a news station. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible“No one ever sits down for more than a few seconds in this house,” said Teresa, a stenographer. “This way you can watch TV while you’re moving from room to room, folding laundry or taking care of the kids.” Half of American homes have three or more TVs, and only 19 percent have just one, Nielsen said. In 1975, 57 percent of homes had only a single set and 11 percent had three or more, the company said. In the average home, a television set is turned on for more than one-third of the day – eight hours, 14 minutes, Nielsen said. That’s an hour more than it was a decade ago. Most of that extra TV viewing is coming outside of prime time, when TVs are on only four minutes more than they were 10 years ago. The average person watches four hours, 35 minutes of television each day, Nielsen said. While people are watching more television, ratings for the big broadcast networks have declined steadily. That’s a result of the greater number of channel choices available in each home, the company said. One new Nielsen finding – that young people age 12 to 17 watched 3 percent more television during the season that ended in May than they had the previous year – is a particular relief to TV network executives. For a few years, Nielsen had been finding that TV viewing among teenagers was flat or even declining, a trend blamed on the Internet or the popularity of electronic games and other devices. 2.73 – TV sets in the typical American home 2.55 – People in the typical American home 50% – Percent of homes that have three or more TVs 57% – Percent of homes that had just one TV set in 1975160Want 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