A Notice of Motion was filed in the Court of Appeal and served on the Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Retired Justice Claudette Singh and Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield the CEO before 13:00hrs today, the deadline for submission of his report on the recently concluded recount of the 2020 general and regional elections.
The Notice restraints the CEO from ‘complying with the directions of Chairperson’ and as a consequence a report was not submitted. The commission did not meet as planned on Thursday as a result of the hearing of the Notice of Appeal which is set for Friday at 13:30hrs at the Court of Appeal.
Lowenfield was expected to submit his report to the Elections Commission today to pave the way for the long awaited declaration of the results of the elections.
The Court action was filed before the Court of Appeal in the name of Sophia resident, Eslyn David who is being represented by Attorney Mayo Robertson.
In the action, David is seeking a declaration that the Guyana Elections Commission has failed to act in accordance with the terms of the Order No. 60 of 2020 and the amended Order dated the 29th day of May, 2020, in that it has failed to determine a final credible count and or the credibility of the result of the General and Regional Elections held on the 2nd day of March, 2020, as required to do by the orders.
The applicant is also seeking an order that there be an interpretation of the words “more votes are cast” in Article 177 (2) (b) of the Constitution of Guyana.
The pending declaration has been a matter of grave dispute with increasing calls by the A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) and their supporters for the results to be declared solely on valid votes cast.
While the National Recount indicates that People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) won the Elections by a 15,000 vote margin; well over 250,000 votes have been reportedly compromised due to a long list of irregularities and cases of voter impersonation.
And while the GECOM Chair has said that these are serious allegations that ought to be investigated; such, she said, is not a matter for the Elections Commission but rather an Elections Court in keeping with Article 163 of the Constitution.
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