The GoG in a release today reject the claims of the opposition that financial allocations for constitutional commissions and agencies for 2017 have been maliciously reduced from the 2016 budgeted amounts.
The release labeled the allegations from the opposition as baseless and false propaganda,
The release stated that while the law clearly provides for government to recommend reasonable amounts for constitutional bodies in keeping with what is affordable, of the 16 listed constitutional agencies, only one (GECOM) has a reduced allocation.
The reason for the reduced allocation is completely logical and eminently sensible. Both 2015 and 2016 were election years. 2017 is not an election year. Therefore, it cannot be expected that the GECOM allocation for a non-election year would be greater than its budget for election years.
In the case of two agencies – the Public Service Appellate Tribunal and the Judicial Service Commission – the budgeted amounts for 2016 and 2017 are exactly the same (see attached chart).
There is a new head – the Public Procurement Commission – which has been provisionally allocated $76.2M in the 2017 budget estimates for the establishment and functioning of this agency.
Therefore, the Coalition Government is recommending INCREASES in the 2017 budget estimates for 12 of the 16 constitutional agencies.
The Coalition Government called on the Opposition PPP to act responsibly and to desist from willfully seeking to mislead the Guyanese public and using the constitutional agencies for political theatre.
In the release the GoG leveled their own accusation against the former administration alleging that its tenure in office, notoriously under the governments of Presidents Bharrat Jagdeo and Donald Ramotar, a stubborn refusal was shown to giving block sums to bodies such as the judiciary. They never amended the law to allow this.