Photo Credit: Guyana’s Chief Elections Officer (CEO), Keith Lowenfield (WiredJA)
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (June 23, 2020): Following upon the ruling by the Court of Appeals on Monday, Guyana’s Chief Elections Officer (CEO), Keith Lowenfield has submitted his Elections Report. It shows that a tally of all the valid votes cast on March 2, 2020 reveals that A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) has won the 2020 General and Regional Elections.
According to the CEO’s Report, the APNU+AFC secured 171,825 valid votes while the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) raked in 166, 343 valid votes.
Lowenfield says there were only 344,508 valid votes cast at the March 2 General and Regional Elections.
A total of 3,001 votes were rejected, and when taken together with the valid votes cast, the CECOM CEO records show that there were only 347,509 votes cast at the highly controversial elections held more than three months ago.
In his tabulation, the Chief Elections Officer allocated 33 seats in the National Assembly to APNU+AFC, 31 to the PPP/C and one seat to the Joined Lists comprising A New and United Guyana (ANUG), Liberty and Justice Party (LJP) and The New Movement (TNM).
PPP Attorneys-at-Law Anil Nandlall said the GECOM Chairman cannot act on the report because the Guyana Court of Appeal granted a three-day stay of its order adding that “The Chair has no other alternative but to reject that report.”
The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) wants the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to block the Chief Elections Officer and the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) from declaring the results of the March 2, 2020 polls.
PPP General Secretary, Bharrat Jagdeo, in affidavit, asked the CCJ to restrain GECOM from taking any further steps to determine whether the recounted votes as tabulated by the Chief Election Officer constitutes “a final credible count”.
He also wants the regional court to prevent GECOM from otherwise enquiring into the validity or credibility of the tabulated votes pending the determination of its application to the CCJ and the Appeal for which special leave is sought.
The PPP said the party did not apply for leave to appeal to the Caribbean Court of Justice by first applying to the Court of Appeal in Guyana because the matter is urgent.