-says GECOM Lowenfield acted in ambit with law with handling of report
Chief Election Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Keith Lowenfield has submitted his report to the GECOM Chairman, Justice (rt’) Claudette Singh. in accordance with Stage 2 of the Gazetted Order, No. 60 of 2020 and a vicious campaign of misinformation, lies and propaganda has already begun by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C).
This is according to the A Partnership for National Unity/ Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) in a press statement today.
According to the Coalition, the Representation of the People Act is pellucid in Part X1, which addresses the Ascertainment of Election Results.
“Additionally, in Article 96 of the Constitution, the CEO is duly empowered to calculate the total valid votes of electors cast and thereupon ascertain the results. This therefore means to discover with certainty as through examination or experimentation. This is what was done.”
The APNU/AFC pointed out that this was the very purpose of the recount process.
The press release alluded to the fact that the importance of the credibility of the electoral process in arriving at the valid votes cast is absolutely paramount.
“It is reprehensible and appalling that the PPP irresponsibly continues its campaign to malign Mr. Lowenfield who has acted within the ambit of the law, as he is required to do, and is in strict compliance with the Gazetted Order. The CEO in his report, as he is obliged to do, considered the numerous fraudulent discoveries contained in the painstakingly detailed observation reports as outlined by the Gazetted Order, which was agreed to by both the APNU+AFC Coalition and the opposition PPP.”
As such, the APNU+AFC Coalition emphasised that it strongly condemns the PPP’s “reckless remarks” in its recent media statement which “belittles and denigrates the labours and sacrifices” of the CEO and the hardworking staff of GECOM Secretariat, the political Parties’ agents, observers and all other stakeholders who worked tirelessly to establish a credible process for the conduct of elections on March 2, 2020, and the Recount which commenced on May 6, 2020.
The APNU+AFC is also calling on all Guyanese to remain patient and allow the recount process to continue uninterrupted.