May 21 2020

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Statement by GECOM Chair Claudette Singh

I am perturbed by an article published online via websites and social media platforms as well as in the today’s edition of the Kaieteur News under the caption, “Justice Singh doesn’t think it’s GECOM’s role to probe claims of anomalies – Commissioner Sase Gunraj.”
If the content of that article has accurately quoted the Commissioner, I have never authorized Mr. Sase Gunraj to speak on my behalf. In fact, although there was discussion, no decision was taken in this regard at the level of the Commission.
While I continue to monitor the trends based on the allegations in the observation reports; I am of the view that, he who asserts must prove. In this regard, when there are considerable deliberations and decisions at the Commission in relation to claims of anomalies; the outcome would be officially communicated to the political parties and other stakeholders particularly, the media.
Justice Claudette Singh SC, CCH
Justice of Appeal (Retd) Chairperson
Guyana Elections Commission

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Gunraj noted the contents of the press release issued by the hand of the GECOM Chair, and subsequently released a report.

“Indeed, I am not authorized to speak for or on behalf of the Chairman. On the issue under review, I unwittingly erred. For that I apologize.”

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GECOM Chair says, “He who asserts must prove”

May 22, 2020 News 0  , Source - Kaieteur News Online - https://www.kaieteurnewsonline...-asserts-must-prove/

“He who asserts must prove,” is the view of the Chair of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Justice Claudette Singh, on the many claims being made during the recount, of anomalies in the 2020 Elections process.

The Chair was, at the time, responding to a Kaieteur News article quoting Commissioner Sase Gunraj, who said yesterday that the Chair is of the view that it is not GECOM’s role to probe the claims of anomalies being made by the governing coalition, APNU+AFC.

While the Chair said that she is perturbed at Gunraj purporting to speak on her behalf, she did not refute the specific statements he made about the discussion he claimed they had.

She continued, “I am of the view that, he who asserts must prove”.

Gunraj noted the contents of the press release issued by the hand of the GECOM Chair, and subsequently released a report.

“Indeed, I am not authorized to speak for or on behalf of the Chairman. On the issue under review, I unwittingly erred. For that I apologize.”

Furthermore, Singh noted that the Commission, with no current decision on the matter, is still in discussion on the allegations made in the observation reports, and that when such a decision is made, there would be an official communication of same to the political parties, media and other stakeholders.

Meanwhile, representative of the APNU+AFC Cathy Hughes had informed the media that the Coalition still awaits word from GECOM with regards to what is done with the evidence that the party claims it is in possession of—which can confirm their allegations that dead and migrant Guyanese voted on E-Day.

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GECOM Chair, Justice (ret’d) Claudette Singh

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