BREAKING: Recount of votes likely as GECOM Chairman says ‘no’ to use existing declarations

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) by majority appeared set to order a recount of votes cast in the March 2, 2020 general elections, as the Chairperson, Retired Justice Claudette Singh voted against the seven-member body considering a report composed of the 10 district declarations.

“Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission, Justice Claudette Singh provided a brief background on the Court proceedings and explained that the contempt matter brought against her has not concluded but has been shelved due to her giving an undertaking to conduct a full national recount of all votes cast in the March 2, 2020 General and Regional Elections at the level of the Commission,” GECOM said in a statement.

The commission would be meeting again on Friday at 10am, possibly to fine-tune arrangements for the recount.

GECOM also said pro-coalition commissioner, Charles Corbin has been given time to obtain legal advice and present it to the commission on Friday. “Government Commissioners contended that though the Court has discharged all the injunctions, it would be necessary for there to be some legal guidance for the Commission to conduct a recount since the Court has refrained from issuing any directions on the way forward,” GECOM said in its statement.

Pro-coalition Elections Commissioner, Vincent Alexander stated “I would say ‘yes’” when he was asked whether the commission was leading more in the direction of a recount.

He said a recount would be legal, although he Thursday afternoon tabled a now defeated motion that had included a request for GECOM to discuss the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield’s report as a path towards making a final declaration of the results for the March 2, 2020 general elections. Alexander said there was no “impediment” to the commission considering the report and declaring the results.

Lowenfield has not yet been issued directives for conducting the recount.

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