Lowenfield refuses to submit elections report after receiving mere notice of Court proceedings

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The country’s Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield on Thursday refused to submit his report on the results of the elections merely because he received a Notice of Motion that Court proceedings have been filed. A Notice of Motion simply informs that a case was filed and has no legal effect restraining or preventing Lowenfield from submitting his report.

“A Notice of Motion was filed in the Court of Appeal and served on the Chairperson and CEO,” Yoland Ward, the Public Relations Officer for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) told reporters.

She said the notice was served on Lowenfield before 13:00hrs, the deadline for submission of his report.

According to Ward, the Notice restrains the CEO from “complying with the directions of Chairperson” and as a consequence, a report was not submitted.

But the Court of Appeal has fixed no date for a hearing and has issued no injunction or orders preventing Lowenfield, the Chairperson of GECOM or the Commission from acting.

She said the Commission will meet as planned and decisions on the outcome would be communicated immediately. The Commission had scheduled a meeting for 14:00 hrs.

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