Volda granted $100,000 station bail and sent home
Arrested by police earlier on Tuesday and held for hours for questioning, Chairperson of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNC/R) Volda Lawrence has been granted station bail and sent home.
Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon confirmed that bail was granted in the sum of $100,000.
The News Room was informed that Lawrence, while detained and as supporters stood their ground outside the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters, was subject to hours of questioning by police investigators.
It relates to activities that took place at the Ashmins Building where the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) ran its operations centre for the March 02, 2020 elections. The Police were interested in Lawrence’s involvement in the activities which led to the declaration of fraudulent elections results.
Police had asked to meet with Lawrence at the weekend but after resistance, she voluntarily surrendered to the Police on Tuesday with her Attorney Nigel Hughes.
Already facing private criminal charges for forgery and conspiracy to commit fraud, the former Health Minister was arrested by female Inspector Castello promptly after arriving at CID.
Lawrence’s signature was on the fraudulent declaration of March 05, 2020, which Returning Officer Clairmont Mingo declared. The declaration contained inflated figures designed to hand the APNU+AFC coalition a victory.
On August 24, Lawrence was placed on $100,000 bail in relation to a private criminal charge filed against her for the fraudulent elections’ declaration of March 5.
The charge was filed against her and Mingo since their signatures were found on the declaration; a national vote recount found that the numbers were inflated in favour of the Coalition.
The charge was filed by PPP/C member and current Minister of Culture Youth and Sport, Charles Ramson, Jnr. on March 16.