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GUYANA | Election Petition Case Management to be held October 22

  • Written by Wiredja.com- Calvin G. Brown
  • Published in Justice
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GEORGETOWN, October 15, 2020- The case management element of the election petition brought by the APNU/AFC Coalition challenging the validity of Guyana’s March 2 General and Regional Elections is set to be heard via teleconfernce on the 22nd of October before Chief Justice Roxann George-Wiltshire.

A media release from the Coalition said it has received “official correspondence from the Chief Justice (AG) Madam Roxann George-Wiltshire informing that case management for the Elections Petitions challenging the validity of the March 2 General and Regional Elections has been set for Thursday October 22 2020. The session will be conducted virtually before the Chief Justice.”

The release said “the APNU+AFC is deeply concerned by what appeared to be some sloth in the hearing of the Elections Petitions and is pleased that the date for the case management has been set and thanks its attorneys for their unrelenting activism in ensuring that the case management has been scheduled on the named date.”

The opposition Coalition says it “looks forward to the early hearing of the Elections Petitions, which we are confident will expose the massive fraud perpetrated on the people of Guyana by the illegitimate PPP regime.”

The opposition Coalition says it “looks forward to the early hearing of the Elections Petitions, which we are confident will expose the massive fraud perpetrated on the people of Guyana by the illegitimate PPP regime.”

Since the PPP administration took office, a number of  GECOM officials as well as the Chair of the Opposition People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) Party, Volda Lawrence, have been arrested on private charges in connection with the March 2 General and Regional elections and charged with misconduct in public office and on fraud charges.

APNU/AFC Elections Commissioner, Vincent Alexander says the arrest of GECOM Electoral officials including CEO Keith Lowenfield and Deputy CEO Roxanne Myers is a clear indication that the probe initiated by the PPP is politically motivated, as he and his colleague opposition commissioners have not been contacted by police as part of an investigation into any alleged electoral fraud.

“All of this reveals the nature of things, that it is a political maneuver because one political side has been involved and the other political side has not even been approached for statements so there is no search for truth. There is search for an attempt to prosecute; no search for truth, they haven’t approached us.”

According to the Opposition, these charges have been laid in an attempt to discredit their statements should they be called to testify in the election petition case.

The coalition has condemned the governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP) for using the police force to unleash psychological warfare against the opposition.

The APNU+AFC Coalition has demanded that the PPP immediately desist from these actions or suffer the consequences of retaliatory measures which the APNU+AFC Coalition will be left with no alternative but to pursue.

Only last week, the Deputy Chief Election Officer of the Guyana Election Commission Roxanne Myers who was asked to presented herself to the police in a similar manner, was been detained for 72 hours before she was on Friday charged with two counts of misconduct in public office and granted $300,000 bail.

Also arrested by the PPP regime in a similar manner have been the Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield; Personal Assistant to the Chief Elections Officer, Duarte Hetsberger; Region Four Returning Officer Clairmont Mingo; Information Technology Officer Enrique Livan and Registration Officer Shefern February. Registration officer Carolyn Duncan, was also taken in for questioning.

These and other GECOM staffers have all been arrested and charged by the Police in what they claim is an ongoing investigation into electoral fraud following the March 2 elections.

“This latest devious and abominable action by the PPP regime further crystallises that they are horrified and frightened by the APNU+AFC Coalition’s elections petitions which they know they will lose and will result in their removal from government which they temporarily occupy. They are attempting every desperate tactic to thwart the hearing of the election petition,” APNU+AFC said in I media release last week.

According to the coalition, the government’s actions is “designed to cause public strife and discord and are part of a clear plan to attack, intimidate, persecute and oppress Afro-Guyanese who are perceived to be supportive of the APNU+AFC Coalition. The PPP is instigating and fuelling ethnic strife and confrontation in Guyana,” the Opposition noted.

The APNU+AFC Coalition is warning CARICOM, the United Nations and the international community, that Afro-Guyanese are under attack in Guyana from the PPP regime and that they have weaponized the Guyana Police Force against the APNU+AFC leadership, activists and supporters.

Last modified onThursday, 15 October 2020 14:25
  • Countries: Guyana