COME June 29, Chief Elections Officer (CEO), Keith Lowenfield; Deputy Chief Elections Officer, Roxanne Myers and Returning Officer for Region Four, Clairmont Mingo are expected to appear in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court to answer to additional charges.
The trio allegedly conspired with each other to defraud electors during the March 2020 General and Regional Elections.
They will be appearing before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus on two counts of conspiracy which alleged that between March 2 and August 2, 2020, at Georgetown, they conspired with each other, together with Volda Lawrence, Carol Smith-Joseph, Sherfern February, Enrique Livan, Denise Bobb- Cummings, Michelle Miller and others to defraud the electors of Guyana by declaring a false account of votes for the elections.
On Wednesday, the case was called before Magistrate Isaacs-Marcus, but none of the officials were present in court. This resulted in the magistrate adjourning the case until June 29.
They and their alleged co-conspirators are currently before the court on several charges involving electoral fraud and misconduct in public office which were reportedly committed during the elections. They are all accused of inflating the results of Region Four – Guyana’s largest voting district – to give the APNU+AFC Coalition a majority win at the polls when in fact, the PPP/C had won by 15,000 votes. This dispute resulted in several legal challenges which ended up before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) – Guyana’s highest appeal court – and a five-month delay in the declaration of the results. A lengthy recount of the votes eventually declared victory to the PPP/C and Dr. Irfaan Ali was sworn in as the President of Guyana.
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Shalimar Ali-Hack, S.C granted a fiat to attorneys-at-law, Glenn Hanoman, Mark Conway, Ganesh Hira, Arudranauth Gossai and George Thomas, to prosecute the matters on behalf of the State.
Just over a week ago, the PPP/C-nominated GECOM Commissioners tabled motions seeking the immediate dismissal of Lowenfield, Myers and Mingo on the grounds that they have breached their functions, duties, responsibilities and obligations.
Recently, Chief Justice (ag), Roxane George, S.C. ordered the release of the certified copies of the elections’ Statements of Poll (SoPs) and Statements of Recount (SoRs) to the Commissioner of Police (ag), Nigel Hoppie, and the DPP for use in the prosecution of the cases against the GECOM officials.