Guyana Politics: Matter now lies with GECOM – President Granger

Incumbent President David Granger

“The CCJ has not allowed the position that our Court of Appeal has taken but it means that the matter will now have to go back to the Election Commission. So the matter is not closed, it now has to go back to the Election Commission,” the President said to his supporters beyond the gates of State House.

Campaign co-chairman of the APNU+AFC, Harmon shared similar views to that of his party leader. “The end of this matter in the Caribbean Court of Justice” Harmon said, “puts the matter back to GECOM for the final decisions to be made in the declaration and swearing in of our President.”

Granger also spoke of the electoral impasse which has grappled the nation for over four months since Guyanese went to polls on March 2, but he maintains that the impasse occurred as a result of the voting irregularities that were claimed to have been discovered by the A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC).

Campaign co-chairman of the APNU+AFC, Joseph Harmon

He said to his supporters, “We all went out on the 2nd of March; March passed, April passed, May passed, June passed and now we’re in July. It is the first time this has happened in the history of our country and it has happened because there are some bad elements out there who tried to manipulate the vote by having votes recorded for dead people, people who had migrated, more votes in a polling station than they had electors. We know all of the faults. Our party, our partnership and our coalition has been bringing these complaints of abuses and irregularities to the attention of the public and also to the attention of the court.”

Notably, during the national recount the APNU+AFC peddled narratives of votes cast for the dead and migrant, along with other allegations of electoral fraud. Those allegations by the coalition have, however, been refuted by Guyanese who were recorded on the coalition’s list of dead/migrant voters, with Kaieteur News having published extensive investigative articles on the issues.

Granger said that, “We will have to assess the situation in which we are in now. The matter will go back to the Election Commission but as far as we are concerned, we have evidence that there has been massive fraud and irregularities and we will continue the fight to make sure that your votes are counted.

Harmon, in his statement yesterday continued to defend the integrity of Lowenfield and his June 23 report which was submitted the Commission, despite a stay-of-action restraining him to do so. Regional heads of state, as well as local and international bodies have called on GECOM to discard the CEO’s report in which he invalidated over 115,00 votes. Some have also called for his removal as the CEO.

“As we have said all along our Constitution made provision for the actions taken by the Chief Elections Officer,” Harmon said while adding that his party expects that “GECOM in its understanding of the court’s ruling will stand firmly with the Constitution which is our Supreme law.”
The GECOM Commission is expected to meet today at 13:30hrs, during which a decision to move forward may be taken.
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  • guyaneseonline  On July 9, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    GECOM meeting postponed to tomorrow – July 10, 2020

    A proposed meeting today of GECOM on the way forward following yesterday’s Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) decision has been postponed to tomorrow as government-appointed commissioners have requested time to study the ruling.

    • Mike Persaud  On July 9, 2020 at 3:21 pm

      But what is there to study? The Court’s decision is crystal clear.

      MP

      • Mike Persaud  On July 9, 2020 at 5:14 pm

        A tief man on the loose:

        Mr Granger: Let me use the analogy of a lottery ticket holder.

        Mr Smith bought his winning ticket from his neighbourhood convenience store.

        He has the receipt showing the date of purchase. Mr Smith even signed his ticket.

        On his way to the kiosk to cash in his ticket, Mr Smith lost it. It fell out of his pocket.

        Mr Adams walked by and saw the lost ticket by the roadside. He picked it up and went to the same kiosk to check the numbers. Mr Smith was there looking upset. The clerk says it’s a winner.

        Mr Smith tried to explain what happened. Mr Adams is claiming the ticket as his own, even though Mr Smith’s signature is on it. Mr Smith can’t believe what’s going on.

        Mr Granger is the equivalent to Mr Adams. Mr Granger, giv de man his damn ticket. Don’t be a tief. Common on, be honest.

        MP

      • Curtis  On July 9, 2020 at 6:12 pm

        MP the only thing crystal clear is the fraudulent attempt by the opposition to win at all costs. It stinks to the high heavens.

      • Mike Persaud  On July 9, 2020 at 6:17 pm

        It is blasphemous to use the heavens and
        APNU in the same sentence.

        MP

      • Curtis  On July 9, 2020 at 6:51 pm

        MP….In case you might have forgotten this election has not been called and, therefore, the opposition is still the PPP until officially told otherwise. So that statement is stupid.

      • Mike Persaud  On July 9, 2020 at 6:57 pm

        Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • William  On July 9, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    MP it’s obvious that MATH was not your strong subject in school.

    • Mike Persaud  On July 9, 2020 at 5:55 pm

      But I know that 2 + 2 = 4

      • William  On July 9, 2020 at 6:14 pm

        That’s what I thought….kindergarden level.

      • Mike Persaud  On July 9, 2020 at 6:26 pm

        By the way, you can take off the dunce now.

        It is spelt kindergarten, not kintergarden.

        MP

      • William  On July 9, 2020 at 6:35 pm

        That was just a spelling test. You passed!!!!

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