This followed today’s meeting of GECOM where an adjournment of the proceedings was taken, to receive “legal guidance for the Commission to conduct a recount since the Court has refrained from issuing any directions on the way forward,” GECOM said in a statement today.
GECOM’s Chair retired Justice Claudette Singh having provided a background on the court proceedings, explained that the contempt matter brought against her has not concluded but has been shelved due to her giving an undertaking to conduct a full national recount of all votes cast in the March 2, 2020 General and Regional Elections at the level of the Commission.
In light of the foregoing, Justice Singh requested for the Commission to discuss the possibility of the recount within the framework of the law.
However, opposition nominated Commissioners expressed the view that the Commission had approved a recount supervised by CARICOM, and that there is nothing that precludes the Commission from moving ahead in this regard now that the Court has paved the way for GECOM to finalize its deliberation to operationalize the recount.
A motion was tabled by Commissioner Alexander for the Commission to consider the report of the Chief Election Officer (CEO) on the results of the Elections. However, Justice Singh explained that she would be unable to allow the CEO to present his report at this point in time since a contempt motion brought by the People’s Progressive Party restrains her from so doing.
In relation to this matter, she had given an undertaking to the Court to facilitate a recount at the level of the Commission.
Against this backdrop, a request was made for additional time by Commissioner Corbin for legal guidance to be sought on the matter. The Chair acquiesced and the meeting was adjourned and will reconvene on 3rd April, 2020 at 10:00hrs when a decision is expected.
In the meantime, The Commonwealth Group of Foreign Ministers has called on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to ensure results of last month’s general elections are transparent and credible.
“Ministers called upon the Guyana Elections Commission to immediately fulfill its constitutional mandate and ensure the sovereign right of the people of Guyana to duly elect their Government is respected through a transparent and credible counting and tabulation process,” the Foreign Ministers said in a statement issued Thursday about their meeting held on March 31.
The meeting was chaired by Ambassador Raychelle Omamo, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Kenya. Ministers and representatives of Australia, Barbados, Belize, Ghana, Malaysia, Namibia and the United Kingdom also participated in the video conference.
The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) cautioned that any government emerging out of a flawed election process would not be endorsed by the 53-member Commonwealth organisation of former British colonies. “Ministers strongly iterated that any Government which is sworn in without a credible and fully transparent vote count and tabulation process would lack legitimacy,” they said.
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