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GUYANA VOTES | APNU+AFC wants GECOM to address voting irregularities

  • Written by Calvin G Brown - wiredja.com
  • Published in Politics
Featured APNU+AFC election agent Joseph Harmon has issued a public ultimatum to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to address a wide range of concerns.  APNU+AFC election agent Joseph Harmon has issued a public ultimatum to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to address a wide range of concerns.
GEORGETOWN, Friday June 5, 2020 - As the March 2 Guyana Election recount draws to a close, APNU+AFC election agent Joseph Harmon has issued a public ultimatum to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to address a wide range of concerns  to include rejected ballots, no use of oaths of identity, and substitute voting in the names of deceased persons and persons who were overseas on March 2, 2020.

Harmon told the media yesterday, that “We want to ensure that the validity of every vote that was cast on the 2nd of March, 2020 can stand up to a test and that test is that it was validly cast by persons who were entitled to vote on that day.

“This is what the CARICOM mission will have to help us to determine – whether, in fact, valid votes were cast and whether, in fact, what they are seeing is a true reflection of the will of the Guyanese people,” he said in a statement.

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It is expected that the recount will be completed by Sunday, after which the Commission would have to consider reports by the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield and the CARICOM scrutineers.

He insinuated that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) election commissioners-Sase Gunraj, Anil Nandlall and Bibi Shadick- were not making themselves available for a meeting of the seven-member commission to address APNU+AFC’s concerns outlined in more than 12 letters.

“The PPP elements on the Elections Commission are enforcing delays on the pronouncement on these issues. We will have to get a decision from GECOM on this matter and we are serving notice that we expect a decision on these matters by the end of Friday, 5th of June, 2020. They must say to us how they will treat with these matters,” he said. If at least two commissioners are absent, there is no quorum and a meeting cannot be held.

Harmon said if GECOM does not provide definitive answers by the close of Friday, the coalition would seek a meeting with the Commission.

The APNU+AFC election agent said he was looking forward to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) High Level Observer Mission stating whether the March 2, 2020 general and regional elections reflected Guyanese choice of their elected representatives at the March 2, 2020 general and regional elections.

 The CARICOM team of scrutineers are include: Team leader, Ms. Cynthia Barrow-Giles, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies (UWI); Mr. John Jarvis, Commissioner of the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission and Mr. Sylvester King, Deputy Supervisor of Elections of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

In the meantime, Unofficial results published by The Chronicle newspaper show that up to the close of count on Thursday, June 4, 2020, the PPP’s lead against APNU+AFC narrowed from more than 15,000 to 7,073 with only 276 of the 2,339 boxes left to be counted.

Last modified onFriday, 05 June 2020 10:20
  • Countries: Guyana