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Guyana: GECOM legally bound to produce credible results

FORMER Judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Professor Duke Pollard has asserted that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is bound to produce credible elections results and that it cannot submit to the country information which lacks integrity.

“If the information provided for the outcome is not credible, then the outcome itself could not be credible. GECOM is required to present a credible account of this recount process. It [is] strange to see how GECOM can give a credible report of the recount process if it is precluded from substantiating the integrity of the information,” Justice Pollard told this newspaper on Wednesday, adding: “It would be counter productive to do so.”

The remarks of Justice Pollard come as the elections commission awaits the summary report of Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield on the recently concluded national recount. This report must be presented on or before June 13 and will include a tabulation of the certified recount results from the 10 electoral districts, together with a summary of the observation reports for each district. The commission is expected to deliberate on this report before it determines whether the CEO should use the data to compile a final report for declaration of the results by GECOM Chairperson, Justice (Ret’d) Claudette Singh.

However, many of the observation reports are laden with instances of irregularities and alleged fraud which many believe place a dark cloud of doubt and uncertainty over the integrity of the results.

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