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Guyana: GECOM cannot declare winner without first tackling irregularities – Dr. Jeffrey

POLITICAL analyst and former Education Minister, Dr. Henry Jeffrey has stated that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) cannot logically present a legitimate winner without first taking into consideration illegalities arising from the recount process and, if credible evidence is produced that the process had been undermined at any stage, this cannot be dismissed.

In his weekly column, Future Notes, he called for a count only of votes that can be audited in the interest of democracy and transparency.

“I have argued that given the events on elections day, it is political grandstanding to fault the condemnations of local and foreign observers. However, the observers must also be aware that what occurred on elections day is only a small part of the elections process and that it cannot be dismissed out of hand, if at any stage credible evidence is produced that the process had been undermined,” he stated, adding:

“GECOM cannot logically present a legitimate winner without first taking into consideration the illegalities, etc., that the coalition claims to have unearthed, but the commission may well find that some of the issues raised by the coalition are matters for an elections petition, but that others need to be immediately factored into its final decision.”

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