APNU+AFC endorses Lowenfield’s report, urges Guyanese to remain patient
See below full statement issued by the incumbent APNU+AFC:
APNU+AFC statement in response to vicious PPP misinformation and propaganda
The APNU+AFC Coalition notes that the Guyana Elections Commission Chief Election Officer (CEO) Mr. Keith Lowenfield has submitted his report to the GECOM Chairman. This was done in accordance with Stage 2 of the Gazetted Order, No. 60 of 2020.
Not surprisingly however, the opposition People’s Progressive Party has responded by continuing its vicious campaign of misinformation, lies and propaganda on the citizens of Guyana, the diplomatic corps, CARICOM and other parties internationally.
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. This was, the very purpose of the recount process.
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.
The APNU+AFC Coalition strongly condemn the PPP’s reckless remarks in the release issued today, 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 2nd 2020 and the Recount which commenced on May 6th 2020.
The APNU+AFC calls on all Guyanese to remain patient and allow the recount process to continue uninterrupted.