Guyana Elections: Granger signals election petition- says GECOM has to proceed with declaration

David Granger
David Granger

President David Granger today signalled that an election petition will be filed, a likely sign that APNU+AFC has accepted that GECOM’s declaration will be the result recount which shows a win for the PPP/C.

A statement from the Ministry of the Presidency follows:   

President David Granger, this morning, received a call from the Chairman of the Elections Commission, Justice (Ret’d) Claudette Singh who invited him to a conversation with Opposition Leader Mr. Bharrat Jagdeo to discuss the way forward.

The President explained that he had no objection to speaking with Mr. Jagdeo but as far as a proposed declaration is concerned, he recognised that the Commission has a legal obligation as a result of the recent ruling of the Court of Appeal, to proceed with a declaration.

President Granger said that notwithstanding that declaration, the APNU+ AFC coalition maintains that the anomalies and irregularities which have been uncovered during the recount process cannot be accepted and will form the grounds for an election petition.

 

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  • brandli62  On August 2, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    President Granger is doing the right thing in line with the constitution of Guyana. All legal options to stop the declaration of the results have been exhausted. Hence, APNU+AFC will have to file an election petition and provide proof for irregularities during the general elections 2020.

  • Kman  On August 2, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    Where did these ‘not valid’ votes come from? At the initial count, all votes seemed to be valid.
    Granger give yourself a rest budday. Resign as leader and let some under forty new blood in.
    You and most in your coalition are dinosaurs.

    • Ron Saywack  On August 2, 2020 at 9:00 pm

      It’s time that we finally saw the end of a prolonged exercise in futility. Congrats to the victor and commiseration to the vanquished. Democracy won!

      “President Granger said that notwithstanding that declaration, the APNU+ AFC coalition maintains that the anomalies and irregularities which have been uncovered during the recount process cannot be accepted and will form the grounds for an election petition.”

      Hello Mr. Granger, it case you didn’t notice, that train has already left the station. You’re trying to lock the barn doors after the horses have bolted. Why would you want to file another frivolous election petition when such a petition was filed and failed?

      Another one would not only yield the same result, it would amount to a wanton waste of the courts’ precious time. Come on, Mr. Granger, you should know better, give it a rest. It’s imperative that all parties work together for the common good of the country. In our brief and tumultuous history, we have been through hell and back. It’s time that we look ahead for a better tomorrow.

      Ron Saywack.

      P.S.: In light of what the country has just gone through, electoral reform should be given serious consideration by the incoming admin in order to simplify the process of declaring the winner in future elections including the elimination of unmerited election petitions by private citizens.

      I’d suggest that our lawmakers study how elections are held in reputable democracies and follow suit.

  • Cecil wilson  On August 3, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Do you guys have to be this rude about this when another option is there ..and in order to execute the petition option a declaration had to be made and hence an assumed government has to take position. What I hope is that a neutral body is there so real justice can be served. As Mr. Nandalal..already took it upon himself to say that this will never get anywhere..where did he get his law degree from ..is he a lawyer ..judge and jury ..all at once.
    PPP was talking about working together and here you are trash talking already ..what manner of man are u Kaman.

    • Cecil wilson  On August 3, 2020 at 10:25 pm

      Like every election ..fraud is not initially investigated unless there is suspicion of in accuracy ..which ppp raised at the initial results that showed they lost.
      And as a result of a recount the discrepancies were exposed and further inquiries were made ..the accusations.and valid evidences must be presented to the high court ..and who is innocent will be innocent and who is guilty will be guilty..it happens in more developed countries ..like the USA ..why can’t it happen in guyana ..money talks and bullshit walks.

      • Emanuel  On August 4, 2020 at 9:30 am

        It looks like Mr Bryan finally had enough and banned Mr Big Mouth -VNM- he hasn’t been making noise in the last couple a weeks. That must sting! He loves G.O.

        His arrogance has landed him in jail. Serves him just right. If he wants to get out he must grovel and apologize while doing it.

        Emanuel

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