Today saw the completion of an additional 71 boxes including 18 from Region Three, 14 from Region Four, 13 from Region Five, 20 from Region Six and six from Region Seven.
Today’s tabulation saw 732 Statements of Recount (SOR) for the General Elections and 756 for the Regional completed.
The new tally now sets the remaining boxes at 1,550.
Earlier today, Public Relations Officer of GECOM Yolanda Ward said the commission will be seeking further approval from the National COVID-19 Task Force (NCTF) for the setting up of two more workstations to speed up the recount process.
“Being cognisant that it is of national importance that this recount exercise concludes as quickly as possible, it is the intention if the Chairperson to write to the National Task Force again to seek their reconsideration for an additional two workstations,” Ward stated.
Only recently, following an assessment of the centre the task force granted permission for two more stations to be added bringing the total to 12. However, with the current pace of the recount, GECOM will be seeking guidance to have two more stations added to meet its 25-day timeline.
The PRO noted that while the Commission operates autonomously in light of the current threat of the virus it cannot work in isolation.
“We have to aware that we are dealing with a health situation and need to be sure that we do not put people’s lives at risk. While we will have to make decisions, in this particular area we must seek guidance.”
In the meantime, GECOM has rejected claims being made against one of its recount team members in sections of the media.
In a press statement, the Commission said that they are objecting to false accusations of Enrique Livan presenting fictitious figures, removing a laptop and flash drive from GECOM’s command centre which was housed on Hadfield Street.
The Commission said that it is believed that the accusations stem from a letter which was sent to the Chairperson of GECOM (ret’d) Justice Claudette Singh by the People Progressive Party.
The letter questioned the promotion of Livan against whom they who they have levelled accusations of theft.
However, in its statement, GECOM emphasised that “the accusations chronicled in that letter are patently false and must be outrightly rejected”. The Commission further added that Livan who is a permanent staff conducts himself professionally and executes his functions diligently.
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