PRESS RELEASE

The ruling of the Full Court of Appeal on 31st March, 2020, discharged all injunctions restraining the Guyana Elections Commission from executing its full mandate.

As a result, any impediment to the conduct of the recount of all ballots cast in the General and Regional Elections 2020, commencing with District 4, as unanimously decided by the Commission on the 15th March, 2020, has been removed.

We therefore expected Justice Claudette Singh, Chairman of GECOM, to summon a meeting almost immediately to decide on the soonest possible time for commencement of the count and if necessary, to fine tune some of the details.

Instead, an inquiry came from the Chairman’s office regarding our availability for a meeting at 1000 hours on 1st April, 2020. Lo and behold, at 0843 hours of the said 1st April, an email was received in the following terms:

“The Government Commissioners requests that they be given an opportunity to read the decision of the full court, since the purpose of the meeting is to discuss the way forward. They requested that the meeting be held ‪tomorrow morning‬ instead (the time will be communicated).”

This is unacceptable.

The judgment of the Full Court was broadcast live on national media. The world had access to it. The judgment was pellucid and requires little explanation, if any.

The nation and world anxiously awaits a resolution of this matter that is now one month old.

We recall the numerous occasions on which such stalling measures were employed with the inevitable result being to facilitate some dilatory tactic or the other.

A meeting should be called immediately. There are legal and constitutional remedies for non attendance.

We hope that the local and foreign observers as well as the international community take note of this further attempt to delay the conclusion of the electoral process.

How much longer are we going to allow GECOM to operate to the detriment of the national interest?

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GECOM stuns again!
Why would they need to study the decision from yesterday which was made at 11am? They had enough time to make any studies of said decision. The PPP/C commissioners do not need further time. This insensitivity to the need for a conclusion of this process is inhumane.
Justice Claudette Singh needs to understand she is in charge of this process. And she needs to take control of it and do what is necessary (which is a recount to which she has already committed publicly and in Court through sworn affidavits) to achieve a fair and transparent election result. Anything less would be a further dereliction of duty.
Recount now!

What will these three Commissioners do? How will they vote? will they even need to vote or will this sensible conclusion to the election process be a consensus decision?
R-L Commissioners Desmond Trotman, Charles Corbin, Vincent Alexander (partially hidden). Chairwoman Claudette Singh. Attorneys-at-Law Robin Hunt, Roysdale Forde, Neil Boston.
pic taken (not by me ... I'm in it) on the 14th March at 1:42pm at the Diamond/Grove Magistrate Court, which for that day, became the High Court, at Diamond/Grove, East Bank Demerara. The High Court was being sanitised because of COVID 19, which at that time was only a threat.

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Dave posted:

GECOM stuns again!
Why would they need to study the decision from yesterday which was made at 11am? They had enough time to make any studies of said decision. The PPP/C commissioners do not need further time. This insensitivity to the need for a conclusion of this process is inhumane.
Justice Claudette Singh needs to understand she is in charge of this process. And she needs to take control of it and do what is necessary (which is a recount to which she has already committed publicly and in Court through sworn affidavits) to achieve a fair and transparent election result. Anything less would be a further dereliction of duty.
Recount now!

They are all Dumb suckers, Fakes, don't know to read, and add/ count. All schools closed otherwise a child from prep school can study the decision.

Shadick, Gunraj and Benn slam postponement of GECOM recount meeting

From left are Bibi Shadick, Robeson Benn and Sase Gunraj.
From left are Bibi Shadick, Robeson Benn and Sase Gunraj.

The three opposition-appointed members of GECOM have condemned the delay of a meeting today of the commission on the recount of votes following a request by the three government-appointed members to “study” the decision yesterday of the Full Court.

 

A statement issued by the three commissioners follows:

The ruling of the Full Court of Appeal on 31st March, 2020, discharged all injunctions restraining the Guyana Elections Commission from executing its full mandate.

 

As a result, any impediment to the conduct of the recount of all ballots cast in the General and Regional Elections 2020, commencing with District 4, as unanimously decided by the Commission  on the 15th March, 2020, has been removed.

 

We therefore expected Justice Claudette Singh, Chairman of GECOM, to summon a meeting almost immediately to decide on the soonest possible time for commencement of the count and if necessary, to fine-tune some of the details.

 

 

Instead, an inquiry came from the Chairman’s office regarding our availability for a meeting at 1000 hours on 1st April, 2020. Lo and behold, at 0843 hours of the said 1st April, an email was received in the following terms:

 

“The Government Commissioners requests that they be given an opportunity to read the decision of the full court, since the purpose of the meeting is to discuss the way forward.  They requested that the meeting be held tomorrow morning instead (the time will be communicated).”

 

This is unacceptable.

 

The judgment of the Full Court was broadcast live on national media. The world had access to it. The judgment was pellucid and requires little explanation, if any.

 

 

The nation and world anxiously awaits a resolution of this matter that is now one month old.

 

We recall the numerous occasions on which such stalling measures were employed with the inevitable result being to facilitate some dilatory tactic or the other.

 

A meeting should be called immediately. There are legal and constitutional remedies for non- attendance.

 

We hope that the local and foreign observers as well as the international community take note of this further attempt to delay the conclusion of the electoral process.

 

 

How much longer are we going to allow GECOM to operate to the detriment of the national interest?

 

Sase Gunraj

Robeson Benn

Bibi Shadick

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