No elections report from Lowenfield; says he wants ‘further guidance’

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Chief Elections Officer of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Keith Lowenfield on Friday failed to submit his elections report as directed by the Chairman using certified figures of the national vote recount.

He has since asked the Chair to provide further guidance as to whether she wants a report premised on Section 18 of the Election Laws or on Article 177 (2) (b) of the Constitution.

Lowenfield was instructed to submit his report by 2pm Friday but has since chosen to respond to the Chairman Justice (rt’d) Claudette Singh instead.

He said in his response, “the historic practice of submission of the elections report to the Commission has been premised on ascertainment of the result by the Chief Election Officer. The structure of your missive suggests a change in operational procedures and further the two citations appear dissimilar.

“In this regard, clear guidance is required with respect to whether the report being requested is premised on Section 18 of the Election Laws or on Article 177 (2) (b) of the Constitution.”

Section 18 of the Election Laws state that the Chief Election Officer and the Commissioner of Registration shall notwithstanding anything in any written law be subject to the direction and control of the Commission.

Justice Singh was clear in her letter to Lowenfield that he is subject to the control and direction of the Commission.

Article 177 (2) (b) of the Constitution states “a Presidential Candidate shall be deemed to have been elected President and shall be so declared by the Chairman of the Elections Commission

“(b) Where there are two or more Presidential Candidates, if more votes are cast in favour of the list in which he is designated as Presidential Candidate than in favour of any other list.”

Lowenfield also wants guidance on how Section 96 (1) of the Representation of the People’s Act could be properly operationalized.

“Of particular relevance are two facts:

1) that the election laws envisages that “the votes counted, and information furnished” would be provided by statutory officers and

2) the allocation of seats is premised on the statutory report of the Returning Officers. It is noteworthy that the CCJ clearly stated in paragraph 37 that “the allocation of seats in the National Assembly and the identification of the successful Presidential candidate are determined on the sole basis of votes counted and information furnished by Returning Officers under the Representation of the People Act. As you are aware, the National Recount was not undertaken by Returning Officers,” Lowenfield said in his letter to the Chairman.

The Commission is currently meeting to discuss the matter.

3 Comments
  1. Matthew says

    Here is all he needs to know: The framers of the Constitution of this great land did not envision (1) ONE SINGLE INDIVIDUAL being in a position to change the results of the will of the people. The present CEO has been nothing short of a National disgrace and he is stalling for time presumably because his masters are asking him to stall for time. His boss is the Commission and the Chairperson at GECOM. He has been in management for more than one election and he was quick to submit a report when he had fraudulent numbers in it from both Mingo and himself, thereby indicating he understands what he must do…..he just cannot grasp that he has to declare that the PPP won.

    What a disgraceful exhibition of nonsense out of this man.

  2. Stuart Robinowitz says

    Mr. Lowenfield: I do not know if you deserve to be addressed as Mr. But in any case, are you so dumb, stupid and ignorant. What guidance and clarity do you need – can’t you read and understand the English language, if not, you should not be an officer / employee of the government and no one else.

  3. Mahabir Singh says

    Lowenfield is a crook and just trying to steal the election for dictator Granger and there is not else all the courts can do say as it is but Mr. Granger and he is a bully strongman and does not want to give up power and he is corrupt and only dictators do like him. He lost but his conman is trying to steal the election for him . If Granger try to take power all international community and Observers should have stiff sanctions like against Mr Maduro like the USA did to Venezuela.

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