Tag Archives: Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM)

Guyana Politics: The PPP/C has released their list of 33 MPs for the new Parliament

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The PPP/C today released their list of 33 MPs for the new Parliament.

A statement from the PPP/C follows:

The People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) on August 19, 2020 submitted to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) names of candidates, extracted from its List of Candidates, to be Members of the National Assembly, as well as its lists of names of candidates extracted to be members of the ten (10) Regional Democratic Councils (RDCs).

The thirty -three (33) Members of Parliament include twelve (12) from the Geographic List and twenty-one (21) from the National Top Up List.    Continue reading

Guyana Elections: I will accept any declaration without condition – President Granger

 Jul 31, 2020  Kaieteur NewsBy Kemol King

– Harmon says court erred, maintains only ‘valid votes’ count

Pres. David Granger

President David Granger has said that he will accept any declaration of the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), retired Justice Claudette Singh SC, CCH and that such acceptance is not conditional.

He was, at the time, responding to questions during the commissioning of the new Infectious Diseases Hospital, recently retrofitted out of the Ocean View Hotel property at Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara.

The question pointed to the President – leader of APNU+AFC – was, given the party’s stance on valid votes, whether he would accept a declaration which includes votes he considers invalid.    Continue reading

Guyana Politics: The Guyana Renewal Project – “Proposal for Inclusive Governance Approach in Guyana,”

The Guyana Renewal Project 

Article 13 of Guyana’s Constitution declares:

The principal objective of the political system of the State is to establish a inclusionary democracy by providing increasing opportunities for the participation of citizens, and their organisations, in the management and decision-making processes of the State, with particular emphasis on those areas of decision-making that directly affect their well-being.

The operationalization of this fundamental national principle must be an outcome of the resolution of Guyana’s current political crisis. Since the submission of the report of the Constitution Reform Commission to the National Assembly on July 17, 1999, successive governments have failed to take the decisive action needed to implement the spirit of Article 13. As a result, the state of Guyana has lurched from crisis to crisis during its election cycles.

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Guyana Elections: High Court case filed to compel GECOM to use 10 declarations, not recount data

 in – Demerara Waves – July 14, 2020

A case has been filed in the High Court to block the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) from using the recounted, valid and certified results to declare the results of the March 2, 2020 general and regional elections, and instead compel the seven-member body to use the 10 district declarations.

“I have been advised by my Attorney-at-Law and truly believe that the count of votes and information transmitted by the ten (10) Returning Officers of the Electoral Districts are still valid and subsisting, and though held in abeyance in the purported National Recount, were never invalidated or set aside by any Court of competent jurisdiction,” the applicant, Misenga Jones said in court papers filed on her behalf by Attorney-at-Law, Misenga Jones.    Continue reading

GECOM Chairman instructs CEO Lowenfield to submit new report by 2.00 PM Friday July 10, 2020

  • – based on the results from the national vote recount
The Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Retired Justice Claudette Singh on Thursday instructed Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield to present a report based on the results from the national vote recount including the certified district results.

Quoting the Election Laws Act, that “you are subject to the direction and control of the Elections Commission,”  she asked him to prepare and submit his report on the March 2, 2020 general and regional elections by 2 PM, 10th July, 2020 “using the valid votes counted in the National Recount as per certificates of recount generated therefrom.”      Continue reading

Guyana Politics: Matter now lies with GECOM – President Granger

Incumbent President David Granger

Guyana Elections: GECOM can correct Lowenfield’s actions – Jagdeo

Bharrat Jagdeo
Bharrat Jagdeo

While President David Granger has endorsed the controversial move by Chief Election Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield to discard 25% of the votes cast at the March 2 polls, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday said that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) could still rectify the situation.

“What is even more powerful is the constitutional role of the Commission…Lowenfield was hired by the Commission and the constitution of Guyana says that they can intervene and take any act necessary of expedient to ensure impartiality fairness and compliance,” Jagdeo told an online public briefing yesterday.        Continue reading

GECOM pushes back meetings to make way for Court of Appeal hearing

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has pushed back future meetings now that the Guyana Court of Appeal has set Friday to hear a case filed by private citizen whether that election management body must first decide on a “final credible count” of the votes cast at the March 2, 2020 general and regional elections.

Eslyn David  is asking that the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield be prevented from submitting that report to the GECOM Chairman, Retired Justice Claudette Singh without  “determining the final credible count and or the credibility” of the polls in keeping with the national vote recount orders.

After receiving a notice of motion, Lowenfield did not submit his report.          Continue reading

Guyana Politics: PPP rules out returning to Parliament to approve cash for govt; says state of emergency impossible

Jagdeo and Granger (file photo)

The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Sunday ruled out returning to Parliament to  approve funds for government spending if the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) invalidates the March  2, 2020 general and regional elections.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) wishes to make it abundantly clear that it will never return to Parliament or support the convening of Parliament unless the true results of the 2nd March 2020 elections, as recently recounted, is lawfully declared by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM),” the PPP said in a statement.      Continue reading