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Guyana: DPP nixes misconduct charges against GECOM Chair

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Shalimar Ali-Hack has discontinued criminal charges of misconduct in public office that were filed against the Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), retired judge Claudette Singh.

Ali-Hack moved to discontinue the charges, which were filed by private citizens, using the power vested in her by Article 187(1)(c) of the constitution. The law allows the DPP to discontinue any criminal proceedings instituted by anyone at any stage before judgment.

The charges, believed to have been brought by APNU+AFC coalition supporters, stemmed from Singh’s decision to proceed with a national recount of ballots cast at the March 2nd polls, the results of which had been the subject of bitter contention over the past five months.

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