Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Justice (ret’d) Claudette Singh condemned remarks made by opposition PPP Commissioner Sase Gunraj to the media, purporting to speak on her behalf.
Justice Singh said she is perturbed by an article published online via websites and social media platforms as well as in the Thursday’s edition of the Kaieteur News under the caption, “Justice Singh doesn’t think it’s GECOM’s role to probe claims of anomalies – Commissioner Sase Gunraj.”
“If the content of that article has accurately quoted the Commissioner, I have never authorised Mr. Sase Gunraj to speak on my behalf. In fact, although there was discussion, no decision was taken in this regard at the level of the Commission,” the Chairman said in a statement on Thursday.
Justice Singh said while she continues to monitor the trends based on the allegations in the observation reports; she is of the view that “he who asserts must prove.”
In this regard, when there are considerable deliberations and decisions at the Commission concerning claims of anomalies; the outcome would be officially communicated to the political parties and other stakeholders particularly, the media.
The opposition party, since the recount process commenced has been claiming that the government agents involved in the national recount are delaying the process by making the numerous objections.
Government agents have reported that the names of a host of dead and migrated Guyanese have been showing up as having voted in the March 2 polls.
The opposition said that these issues are not important at this point. Commissioner Gunraj last week told journalists that these concerns of anomalies can only be addressed following the filing of an election petition.