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GUYANA VOTES | Police Commissioner stands by Immigration information provided to GECOM

  • Written by Calvin G Brown - wiredja.com
  • Published in Politics
Featured he Commissioner of Police, Leslie James, who is also the Chief Immigration Officer, is standing by the information provided to the Chair of the Guyana Elections Commission he Commissioner of Police, Leslie James, who is also the Chief Immigration Officer, is standing by the information provided to the Chair of the Guyana Elections Commission
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, June 2, 2020 – Police Commissioner Leslie James says he stands by  the information provided to the Chair of the Guyana Elections Commission on persons who were out of the country on Election day.

He was responding to a news article that sought to discredit the information provided by the Immigration Department to GECOM.

The Police Commissioner who is also the Chief Immigration Officer, fulfilled a request by GECOM for information on a list of 207 persons identified by the APNU+AFC as being out of the country on elections day, but still votes were cast for those persons.

The Police Commissioner confirmed that 172 of the persons on the list were out of the country on election day, based on the immigration records.

Commissioner James explained that the migration data produced by the Immigration Department of the Guyana Police Force is generated through its record system which includes an Electronic Border Management System.

The Force said the system “does not record persons who travelled illegally”.

Additional names are to be provided to the Police Force for the immigration details of other persons who were believed to be overseas on elections day but had votes cast in their names.

Summary voter fraud 640Elections Commissioners Vincent Alexander said GECOM has received more names of people believed to have been overseas on polling day but whose names were ticked off as having voted. “We have received more names and I expect the said course of action to be taken,” he said.

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) appeared to have opted to consider immigration records while examining the observation reports after the recount of the three-month old general and regional election votes is completed by June 13, officials said.

APNU+AFC has accused the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) of rigging the elections by arranging for people to vote in the names of overseas-based Guyanese and deceased persons.

But the PPP has warned Police Commissioner James and other members of the Police Force that there will be consequences if false evidence was provided to GECOM. “Certainly if the information provided by the Commissioner of Police/his servants and or agents are false, such misrepresentation will not be without consequences at the appropriate time,” the PPP said.

The PPP added that it has found hundreds of people who were in Guyana on March 2 and voted, contrary to APNU+AFC claims that they were overseas. “In any event, there is no way of connecting any of the persons who APNU+AFC claim were abroad with the ballots cast on March 2, so it is all a wild fishing expedition to delay the declaration of the results,” the PPP said.

GECOM, Public Relations Officer (PRO) Yolanda Ward told members of the media that that when the full Commission meets, they will have to decide the way forward concerning the information received.

However, the decision by the Chair has not been welcomed by the Opposition PPP which is now threatening to file a court action.

GECOM Commissioner Vincent Alexander recently noted that it was the PPP who advocated for transparency before the recount process began and are now finding ways to say investigations into matters raised should not occur.

He is of the view that investigations into alleged electoral fraud should not put fear into those who have claimed they have won the March 2, General and Regional Elections.

Alexander said the word transparency – which has been the mantra for the Opposition- must be interpreted to mean “know all that is happening.”

“Let us broadcast the tabulations and all of that. What is occurring, what APNU+AFC has done can enhance that process of transparency. Let us see and know everything.”

  • Countries: Guyana