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GUYANA | Any removal of GECOM officials will institutionalise PPP electoral fraud- Harmon

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Featured Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo (L) and Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo (L) and Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, February 12, 2021 - While Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo is insisting that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) takes steps to remove the Chief Election Officer Keith Lowenfield and Deputy Chief Election Officer Roxanne Myers, Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon says the removal of the two top administrators would discredit the function and work of the Elections Commission.

Harmon told the media that “They want to dismantle the Elections Commission and put in its place their own cronies that can carry out their instructions so you will never again have free and fair elections in this country but it’s not going to happen.” 

The Opposition Leader on Wednesday Jagdeo of hatching a plan to put People’s Progressive Party (PPP) supporters at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) in order to rig the elections.

Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo on Tuesday announced that the PPP would not call elections with Mr. Lowenfield and Ms. Myers at the helm of GECOM. “That is a red line for us,” he said.

He said the Representation of People Act would be amended to ensure votes are counted transparently: “We will be drafting shortly amendments to the Act that will ensure transparency in the count and a clear methodology as to how the count must proceed, leaving no ambiguity…Even before the count starts, the industrious Guyanese can then go, see the SOPs and they can calculate who won the elections. People can know that because they (GECOM) will have to post the original SOPs say in the first day after the elections,” he said.

In relation to Jagdeo’s announcement that there would be stiffer penalties for election-related offences, the Opposition Leader said they would eventually backfire on the PPP. “We are not afraid of increasing the sentences and all of that because the PPP supporters that will be faced with that penalty,” he said.

Harmon reiterated concerns that there were numerous electoral irregularities during the last elections to include the absence of mandatory documents in more than 40 boxes on the East Coast Demerara to reconcile about 11,000 votes, as well as alleged impersonation of deceased persons and others overseas.

Chief Elections Officer Lowenfield, Deputy Chief Elections Officer Myers, Region Four Returning Officer Clairmont Mingo, Information Technology Officer Enrique Livan and Registration Officer Sheffern February at the instigation of the PPP, have all been charged with offences related to the March 2, 2020 general and regional elections. None of them has been convicted.

  • Countries: Guyana