GEORGETOWN, CMC – The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is expected to resume its deliberations after a two hour meeting on Monday as voters here await the official results of the disputed March 2 regional and general elections.
All six nominated government and opposition commissioners attended the morning meeting with several media houses reporting that moves are afoot to dismiss the Chief Elections Officer (CEO), Keith Lowenfield, who last weekend presented a report that put the valid votes counted in the elections as 475,118, giving the ruling coalition, A partnership for National Unity (APNU) 236, 777 and the main opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) 229, 330.
As a result, he has assigned coalition, 32 seats in the 65 member Parliament, 31 to the PPP/C and one seat to three of the smaller opposition parties.
Last Friday, GECOM chairman, retired justice Claudette Singh had infirmed Lowenfield by letter that he should revisit her previous communication of July 9 to prepare his report that would start the process of releasing the official results of the elections.
Lowenfield had earlier written to Singh indicating that he needed guidance as to whether the report should be premised on Section 18 of the Election Laws or on Article 177 (2) (b) of the Constitution.
“In response to your request for guidance on which the results of the march 2,2020 Elections can be declared, you are accordingly advised that my letter dated July 9, 2020 stands,” Singh responded, informing Lowenfield “you are therefore required to submit your report by 11.00 hrs on 11th July 2020”.
The GECOM meeting is scheduled to resume at 2.30 pm (Local time).
(Source: Barbados Today)