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Guyana: CEO to prepare report for declaration

GUYANA’s Chief Election Officer (CEO), Keith Lowenfield, has been ordered to prepare a report in keeping with Section 96 of the Representation of the Act, Chapter 1:03 – a move that effectively paves the way for the official declaration of the Election results by the Chair of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Justice (Ret’d) Claudette Singh.

The decision was arrived at on Tuesday, following submissions by the Government and Opposition-nominated Elections Commissioners on whether GECOM should nullify the elections due to the anomalies and cases of electoral fraud or use the data contained in the CEO’s National Recount Report to declare the results of the General and Regional Elections held last March.

It was after those deliberations that Justice Singh took a decision to have the CEO prepare a report to ascertain the results of the elections under Section 96 of the Representation of the People Act, Chapter 1:03 and in keeping with the Order that had triggered the National Recount of the ballots cast at the elections held on March 2.

While the CEO, in his Report on the National Recount, had indicated that the Elections were not credible due to 4,864 cases of voter impersonation and more than 2,000 anomalies, Justice Singh, according to GECOM’s PRO, asserted that the Commission does not have the powers of a Court of Law to examine and re-examine witnesses or to procure official documents to determine the truth of the allegations contained therein.

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