DEPUTY Chief Elections Officer (DCEO), Roxanne Myers was arrested on Tuesday after she declined to cooperate with investigators as the probe continues into allegations of electoral fraud during the March 2020 elections.
She was not granted station bail, and remains in police custody.
Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield is on $450,000 bail, after he was placed before the court for alleged fraud and misconduct. His case has been adjourned to October 9.
The personal assistant to the Chief Elections Officer, Duarte Hetsberger was also questioned and placed on $100,000 bail.
Additionally, District Four Returning Officer, Clairmont Mingo was in August placed on $600,000 bail on four charges of misconduct in public office pertaining to the March 2, 2020 Regional and General Elections.
The Guyana Police Force (GPF) has launched a ‘comprehensive’ investigation into all allegations of criminal misconduct in the aftermath of the 2020 elections.
Myers’ attorney, Nigel Hughes said that having learnt that she was wanted by the police for questioning, his client voluntarily visited the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).
He explained that after Myers exercised her right to silence, she was then taken into police custody for obstructing the course of justice.
When contacted, Crime Chief, Senior Superintendent Wendell Blanhum said Myers is being detained for conspiracy to commit fraud.
With public trust in the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) significantly eroded following events at the last Regional and General Elections, President Irfaan Ali said an international Commission of Inquiry (CoI) will be appointed to probe the weaknesses of the elections body.
“There has to have a system that people trust,” President Ali recently told reporters.
“That is why we said we have to get an international Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to go in there, independently, to bring to us what occurred; where are the weaknesses and where the holes were,” the President explained.
He maintained that an independent CoI is not overreaching, as the aim of the exercise is to protect democracy and the will of the people.
“This is an independent CoI that goes there and looks at what took place not only on Election Day; it has to look at everything that took place. The world wants to know what took place,” the Head of State said.
The PPP/C Government came to power after GECOM took five months to declare the winner of the March 2, 2020 elections.
“This Government is the beneficiary of the will of the people; this Government is here because the will of the people spoke. This Government is here because the people elected this Government; we are not the beneficiary of any system,” he asserted.
While the CoI will produce recommendations to fix the system, it will not interfere with the election petition filed by the APNU+AFC.
“The CoI has nothing to do with the actions filed; the judiciary will deal with that. That’s a separate arm of Government; it cannot influence the judiciary,” the President said.
During a recent regional interview, Dr. Ali stated that the CoI was necessary to ensure the persons who attempted to obstruct democracy and the will of the people are held accountable for their actions.