Monday 1 June, 2020

Guyana Elections Commission: We will not break the law

Photo: iStock/Mark Rubens

Photo: iStock/Mark Rubens

The Guyana Elections Commission said it will not break the law as it seeks to carry out its constitutional duty.

In a statement on Sunday, GECOM said it is aware of the legal events that unfolded following the close of polls on March 2.

“While it is unfortunate how things have escalated, it is the intention of the Guyana Elections Commission to abide by all legal and procedural requirements to conclude its work.”

On March 5, an injunction was granted against GECOM preventing the Region Four Returning Officer from declaring who won the district.

Despite the injunction, Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield has written to GECOM Chairman informing them that he has completed his report on the election and he requested a meeting with the Commission to approve it.

Once the report is approved, the swearing-in of Guyana’s President can take place.

GECOM said Lowenfield’s request for a meeting “was not intended to disregard the Court proceedings but rather apprising the Chairperson of the completion of the document and that she may convene a meeting at her convenience.”

It noted that no meeting was scheduled.

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