GECOM to study High Court’s decisions today...

 

GECOM Chairman Claudette Singh flanked by (left to right) PPP-aligned election commissioners Robeson Benn, Bibi Shadick, and Sase Gunraj as wells as pro-coalition commissioners Charles Corbin, Vincent Alexander and Desmond Trotman.

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) says it will Wednesday study the High Court’s decisions before it meets on Thursday to determine the way forward on results of general elections held one month ago.

“There won’t be a Commission meeting today. The decision of the court will be studied today and the meeting tomorrow,” GECOM spokeswoman, Yolanda Ward said.

Commissioners had been on standby for a possible meeting on Wednesday morning, but well-placed sources said up to late Tuesday, the GECOM Chairman, Retired Justice Claudette Singh had not received copies of the decisions.

The Full Court of the High Court on Tuesday ruled that the High Court did not have jurisdiction to hear a judicial review of the seven-member commission to conduct a national recount of the votes cast on March 2, 2020. That review had been requested by APNU+AFC candidate, Ulita Moore.  The High Court also said it could not legally hear a request by PPP Representative of the List, Bharrat Jagdeo for the High Court to scrap the Region Four results declared by Returning Officer for Region Four, Clairmont Mingo.

In both cases, the courts ruled that such matters could only be dealt with at an elections petition after GECOM officially declares the election results.

The seven-member commission is made up of the Chairman, the coalition-nominated members- Charles Corbin, Desmond Trotman and Vincent Alexander- while the PPP’s nominated commissioners are Bibi Shadick, Robeson Benn and Sase Gunraj.

The Working People’s Alliance of which Trotman is a member has already stated that it supports full recount that is supervised by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

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