Guyana Elections: CEO Keith Lowenfield submits final report to GECOM

DPI, GUYANA, Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Chief Elections Officer of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Keith Lowenfield this afternoon submitted his final report to the commission’s Chair Justice (Ret’d) Claudette Singh, making way for the declaration of results for the March 2, 2020, General and Regional Elections.

The CEO presented his report guided by the ruling of the Appellate Court on Monday, which ordered that the commission’s decision on the elections be guided only by “more valid votes cast”.

The report shows a total 344, 508 valid votes cast with an electoral quota per seat at 5,300.     

His report shows an APNU+AFC Coalition win with a total 171,825 valid votes.

The opposition PPP follows with 166,343 votes. The joined list of A New United Guyana, the Liberty and Justice Party and The New Movement has together some 3, 348 valid votes.

With the lead, the APNU will have a 33-seat allocation, the PPP 31 and the joined list one, making up the 65-seat legislature.

 

Court of Appeal Ruling:

The Appellate Court on Monday delivered a landmark decision when it ruled that GECOM whose National vote Recount of the March 2 polls, was aimed at determining the credibility of the elections, can only use “more valid votes cast” to determine the results of the polls.

The case was filed by private citizen Eslyn David, through her attorney Mayo Robinson, asking the Court of Appeal to interpret the validity of votes based on Article 177 (2) (b) of the Constitution in determining the election of a president.

David had challenged the commission’s decision to move ahead with a declaration of a president based on a fraudulent count of votes from the gazetted National Vote Recount of May 4 and 29, 2020.

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  • brandli62  On June 24, 2020 at 4:19 am

    I will not comment on Lowenfield’s final report to GECOM. From my point of view the math is as follows:
    – Estimated population of Guyana (2019): 782’766
    Source: https://www.worldometers.info/world-population/guyana-population/

    – Estimated percentage of foreign population (without voting rights, 2015): 2% or 15’655
    Source: https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SM.POP.TOTL.ZS

    => 767’111 Guyanese citizens

    – Voting age: 18 years
    – Percentage of people below 19 years: 37.7%
    Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Guyana

    => 477’910 eligible voters (age 19 and older)

    – Estimated voter turnout on March 2, 2020: 70%
    Source: http://guyanachronicle.com/2020/03/16/voter-turnout-for-march-2-elections-around-70

    => Estimated casted votes: 334’537

    Given this simple calculation, it’s hard for me to rationalise a recount that appears to indicate that 460’352 valid votes were casted.

    This should make everybody think twice!

    My solution to the problem is a follows:

    1. The vote of March 2, 2020 has to be annulled.

    2. New elections have to be scheduled for March 2021. The election should be held with international observers, which will also oversee the vote count.

    3. A new GECOM has to be assembled with representatives of all parties that participated in the 2020 elections.

    4. The new GECOM has to validated and update the voter registry by house-to-house registration. All parties have to accept the new voter registry as a condition for participating in the 2021 elections.

    5. A caretaker government headed by a technocrat should run the country until new elections have been completed.

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