Jagdeo says Irfaan Ali is constitutionally “deemed” President; no reference to Chief Elections Officer

Bharrat Jagdeo (left) and Irfaan Ali.

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday said Guyana’s constitution clearly provides for the People’s Progressive Party’s presidential candidate, Dr. Irfaan Ali to be declared President.

“It has already been established now that the PPP’s list has the most votes and, therefore, Irfaan Ali is already deemed the President of Guyana. It’s awaiting that section of the Constitution  which says that the Chair of GECOM shall now declare him so as far as we are concerned all of the shenanigans  to prevent the declaration, it will not work because that is the Supreme Law of the country,” Jagdeo said.         

He referred to Article 177 (b) which states that where “there are two or more presidential candidates , if more votes are cast in favour of the list in which a person or designated as presidential candidate than in favour of any other list.”

Jagdeo, however, made no reference of the key role of the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield in advising the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Retired Justice Claudette Singh.

That provision of the constitution requires  that presidential candidate to be deemed to be elected as president and shall be so declared by the Chairman of the Elections Commission acting only in  accordance with the advice of the Chief Election Officer , after such advice has been tendered to the Elections Commission at a duly summoned meeting.”

While Jagdeo, who is the PPP’s General Secretary, states that constitutional provision is “is quite clear”, the gazetted order for the recount states that the seven-member Commission has to decide whether to use the data from the recount to compile his report to send back to the commission for certification and declaration of the final results.

Now that all of the results from the 10 electoral districts have been recounted and tabulated, the order requires GECOM to consider the observation reports during that exercise and a report from the three-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) team of scrutineers.

The Constitution also states that the Court of Appeal shall have exclusive jurisdiction to hear and determine any question on the validity of an election of a presidency related to his or her qualification.

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  • brandli62  On 06/11/2020 at 6:44 am

    Does Dr. Irfaan Ali have a voice of his own? It seems that all the talking is done by Bharrat Jagdeo. Very strange for someone who is about to ascend the Presidency of the Nation. Am I alone in my assessment?

    • Bernard  On 06/11/2020 at 8:50 am

      Ali is no doctor. His credentials are questionable. Leave our forest alone, PPP.

  • Helena Martin  On 06/11/2020 at 7:12 am

    No, you are not alone regards that thought. I seriously think Dr Infaan Ali might be a puppet operated by Bharrat Jagdeo, just saying.

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On 06/11/2020 at 8:42 am

    Jagdeo is the leader of the party. Until Dr. Ali is made president he has very little legitimacy.

    • brandli62  On 06/11/2020 at 12:07 pm

      Very strange behavior for someone who is aspiring the presidency. He should speak for himself. Are we seeing a rerun of the Putin-Medvedev charade?

  • Tata  On 06/11/2020 at 11:07 am

    What has Guyana descended into? TWO CONS with NO credibility to even watch chicken coop. But, 2020 has seen “strange” things. Is this the APOCALYPSE?

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On 06/11/2020 at 12:54 pm

    Keep to the established facts people, not your biases

    Re Dr Ali
    SN, Oct24, 2019: “While questions remain about PPP/C presidential candidate Irfaan Ali’s first set of academic credentials, he is listed as a graduand for a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of the West Indies (UWI)”

    Re CONS
    KN, Jun 07, 2020: Granger being referred to in Caribbean as ‘Sanctimonious Gangster’ – John Beale
    “Numerous opportunities have been given to the President of Guyana, David Granger,” Beale stated, “to come clean and while he gives the impression that he supports free and fair elections, his actions do not. Indeed, he is being described in Caribbean political circles as a “Sanctimonious Gangster”.”

    Repeat: Keep to the established facts people, not your biases.

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On 06/11/2020 at 3:20 pm

    Seems some of you just read the Chronicle, so you don’t hear Ali.

    SN June 11, 2020:

    “PPP/C presidential candidate Irfaan Ali yesterday said he had gotten assurances from Police Commissioner Leslie James that state assets will be protected in the transition between governments and that any unrest in the aftermath of the declaration of results from the March 2nd general elections will be addressed.”


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