It’s understood that the CECOM Chair, retired Justice Claudette Singh was hoping for a meeting today, but it was pointed out to the Chair by Commissioner Vincent Alexander that time was needed to review the written ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice as is the practice whenever rulings were handed down.
On Wednesday, the Caribbean Court of Justice handed down its ruling in the election declaration case, invalidating the Guyana Court of Appeal’s decision in the matter.
The ruling also invalidated the final report that was previously submitted by the Chief Election Officer to the Commission Keith Lowenfield.
That report, the CCJ said, was based on the ruling of the Court of Appeal and since that ruling has been vacated, that report was of no moment.
The Chief Elections Officer compiled his report which focused only on the “valid votes” that were cast. But the CCJ said it was unlawful for him to disfranchise thousands of persons in the preparation of that report.
The CCJ has said that the proper place to address those complaints in the High Court by way of an election petition as provided for in the Constitution.
- Countries: Guyana