– looks forward to swift facilitation of Election Petition
THOUGH disappointed with the outcome of the elections, the Alliance For Change (AFC) has congratulated the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) on its win and expressed its satisfaction that a peaceful transition is occurring.
“The final declaration having been made by the Chairman of GECOM, the Alliance For Change expresses its satisfaction that a peaceful transition of Government has
occurred. This confirms our people and the nation’s commitment to the Constitution and the processes and institutions of democracy,” the Coalition member said in a release on Monday.
It went on to say: “The Party wishes to take this opportunity to put aside partisanship and rancour to congratulate President Irfaan Ali on his election to the highest office.”
It also used the opportunity to make it known that, along with its Coalition partners, it intends to challenge the results of the elections by way of an Election Petition, as it does not believe that the results are legitimate. It said it hopes that the petition will be swiftly facilitated, in much the same way as the numerous other litigations throughout the months-long election.
Noting that it is especially disappointed that the discrepancies and irregularities uncovered and highlighted during the National Recount were not taken into consideration by the Elections Commission when it made the declaration, the Party says it fervently believes that their existence should have led to the utilisation of only valid votes.
“The AFC believes, like its APNU partner and President Granger, that the fraud and
numerous irregularities and anomalies uncovered during the Recount exercise
demonstrated that there was a credibility deficit in the March 2020 Elections, which will be pursued vigorously in an Election Petition. The Party and its coalition partners expect that the Election Petition will be expedited with the same alacrity as similar litigation which followed the Elections,” the AFC stated.
It has also pledged to its supporters that it will continue to fight for “the vitally needed” constitutional and electoral reforms, and against discrimination, marginalisation, disrespect and high crimes in Guyana.