PPP preempts elections court challenge, asks courts to be heard before any orders are given
In anticipation of court action by the ruling APNU+AFC Coalition against the results of the election, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has written the Registrar of the Supreme Court requesting to be heard before any order is made.
“Please be informed that, should any legal proceedings be filed in the Supreme Court of Judicature in relation to, or in connection with, or in any manner whatsoever, touching and concerning the National Recount of ballots cast at the General and Regional Elections held in Guyana on March 2, 2020, being conducted by the Guyana Elections Commission, at the Arthur Chung Convention Center, I hereby respectfully request an opportunity to be heard before any Order of Court is made or any relief is granted by any Court in the Supreme Court of Judicature in respect of any such legal proceedings. I act for and on behalf of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic, an interested party that would be aggrieved or affected by any such order or relief,” wrote Attorney-at-Law Anil Nandlall.
Nandlall, who served as Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister under the PPP Government, also copied the Registrar of the High Court of the Supreme Court of Judicature and the Registrar of the Court of Appeal in the correspondence
The recount exercise which commenced on May 6 by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) following an agreement by the main political leaders – President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo – revealed that the PPP won the elections by 15, 416 votes.
But the APNU+AFC has embarked on a campaign to discredit the March 2 polls after previously claiming victory, by now stating that dead and migrated persons voted.
The Coalition has already indicated to GECOM that it cannot produce a “credible result” from the 34-day recount exercise.