PPP asks GECOM Chairman to instruct Lowenfield to withdraw contentious elections report

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The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), through its lawyers, have asked the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Justice (ret’d) Claudette Singh to instruct Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield to withdraw the contentious elections report he submitted on June 23 in which he invalidated over 115,000 votes.

In a lawyer’s letter to the Chairman, the party noted that “We would be grateful if the Chief Elections Officer can be directed to withdraw the report he submitted dated June 23, 2020, and be redirected to act in the accordance with the instructions previously given on the June 16, 2020 “using the results of the recount” as the basis for his report.”

The letter from Attorneys Anil Nandlall and Devindra Kissoon is dated June 24 and was part of submissions to the Caribbean Court of Justice in the appeal filed by the PPP/C.

The lawyers noted that the CEO did not comply with the request made by the GECOM Chairman to submit the results from the recount to declare the winner of the March 2020 elections.

The CEO in his initial report following the recount provided the correct results from the recount which showed the opposition PPP won the elections with 233, 336 votes while the APNU+AFC received 217, 920 votes.

They added that while they are mindful of the admonitions of the CCJ which stated on June 23 that GECOM and its agents must take no step to prejudice the fair hearing of the ongoing case “the clear language of the CCJ Order does not prevent compliance with our request,” the letter stated.

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