Roxanne Myers granted $300k bail
Deputy Chief Elections Officer Roxanne Myers appeared at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court Friday morning before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan slapped with two counts of misconduct in public office.
Myers was not required to plead to the charges and the State Prosecutor Teriq Mohammed objected to bail based on the seriousness of the offences and the failure by the Police to make contact with her for over a month in relation to the investigation.
The Chief Magistrate nonetheless granted bail in the sum of $150,000 on each count. Myers has to return on October 23; she was represented by Attorneys Nigel Hughes and Ronald Daniels.
Myers, attached to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), was arrested on October 6, 2020, after she turned herself in at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Headquarters, Eve Leary, Georgetown, in the company of her Attorneys.
The Guyana Police Force had said Myers turned herself in following over a month during which several efforts were made by the Police to contact her even at her place of work in relation to the post-March 2, 2020 elections incidents.
The Force said Myers made “every effort to elude” them and as a consequence, a Wanted Bulletin was prepared by the GPF but before it was issued she turned up at CID Headquarters and surrendered to the Police.
The Police Force had noted that she was promptly arrested for the offence of “conspiracy to defraud” and she was told of the allegation at the said time. She then exercised her right to remain silent.
Myers was kept in Police custody up until her arraignment at the Court Friday.
The Guyana Police Force in August announced that it will launch a “comprehensive investigation” into allegations of criminal conduct by GECOM officials in relation to the March 2 polls and the events that followed.
The Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield and Returning Officer of Region Four Clairmont Mingo were already arrested and charged in relation to the probe.
Lowenfield and Mingo are already facing criminal charges in the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court relating to fraud, misconduct in office and breach of the public’s trust by providing results of the March 2 elections known to be false.
The officials who remain employees of GECOM, are accused of providing fraudulent results of the elections in the largest voting district –Region Four –to give the APNU+AFC a victory.
This led to a delay in the declaration of the results of the election and a national vote recount before the People’s Progressive Party was declared the winner five months later.
Mingo is also before the court with Chairman of the People’s National Congress Reform –the largest party in the Coalition –Volda Lawrence on another fraud charge. Their signatures were found on one of the Region Four declarations which was found to be inflated in favour of her party.
Mingo and Lawrence’s case continues on November 16.