Court action halts Lowenfield from submitting report
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Chairman of GECOM, Justice Claudette Singh and Chief Elections officer, Keith Lowenfield (Adrian Narine photo)
Chairman of GECOM, Justice Claudette Singh and Chief Elections officer, Keith Lowenfield (Adrian Narine photo)

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.

Reports are that the notice was severed on 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 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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