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Chief Justice orders GECOM, PPP representatives to resolve concerns over tabulation process

Chief Justice, Roxane George-Wiltshire directed representatives of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) to meet and resolve a swirling controversy over the tabulation process. The judge, on an initial hearing of a contempt of court proceedings brought by the PPP against GECOM, made it clear that the Returning Officer can use whatever method he chooses ...

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BREAKING: Election results crisis deepens in Guyana

This story is being updated… More controversy enveloped Guyana’s general election results, resulting in a walkout by western diplomats from the tabulation process at the Region Four Returning Office. Returning Officer for Region Four, Clairmont Mingo Friday morning began using Statements of Poll to tabulate results for the March 2, 2020 general elections, ahead of a contempt of court proceedings. ...

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APNU+AFC says contempt of court case against Region Four Returning Officer a PPP cover-up of fake poll statements, calls for “unimpeded” declaration of results

As the High Court prepares to hear the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) contempt case against the Region Four Returning Officer, Calirmont Mingo, A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) said this latest legal move should not be approved because it is a ruse to cover up bogus statements of poll (SOPs). “The PPP took the matter to court and ...

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Gecom to resume tabulation of Region Four votes on Friday, silent on method

The Guyana Elections Commission (Gecom) Thursday evening announced that tabulation of the electoral results for Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) will resume on Friday at 9 am. However, the commission could not say whether the Region Four Returning Officer, Clairmont Mingo would be using the statements of poll this time around or the controversial spreadsheet that was again rejected by political parties ...

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US likely sanctions on Guyana politicians, electoral officials over unverified election results

The United States (U.S.) on Thursday hinted at possible sanctions on Guyanese officials and politicians if the results of the March 2, 2020 general elections are not verified. Acting Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Michael Kozak warned on Twitter that “Under U.S. law and practice those who participate and benefit from electoral ...

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Caricom leaders say “every vote must count” in Guyana’s elections; calls on Returning Officer to abide by High Court ruling

A team of Caribbean Community (Caricom) leaders left Guyana Thursday after attempting to mediate in a dispute over the results for the March 2, 2020 general elections, saying that “every vote must count.” “Any attempt to stall the process or any attempt to obfuscate the process is one that runs against the spirit of the Chief Justice’s judgement and it ...

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GECOM suspends vote count as PPP prepares to file contempt of court against Returning Officer

Reconciliation of the votes cast in Region Four did not begin on Thursday after stakeholders objected to the Returning Officer, Clairmont Mingo’s use of spreadsheets instead of the Statements of Poll (SOPs), a move that triggered preparations of contempt of court proceedings by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) lawyer, Anil Nandlall. Noting that the stakeholders present on Thursday at the ...

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PPP wants Caricom to oversee vote verification, recount

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo Wednesday night said he told several leaders of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) here in Guyana that the regional grouping could assist in overseeing a recount of votes cast in Region Four if reconciliation of statements of poll show glaring discrepancies. “Caricom can help to ensure that there is a proper verification, and verification, as provided for ...

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High Court scraps Region Four votes declaration, orders GECOM to conduct recount

Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire on Wednesday ordered the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to restart or continue the verification of the results for Region Four from Thursday at 11 am. She issued that and several other orders because she found that GECOM’s Returning Officer for Region Four had caused “substantial non-compliance” with the Representation of the People Act concerning the addition ...

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United Kingdom willing to help resolve Guyana’s election controversy

United Kingdom (UK) Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab on Tuesday offered Guyana to help resolve the election-related controversy over the vote count in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), the most populous of the country’s ten administrative regions. “We stand ready to offer assistance to ensure a credible election result is produced,” he said in a statement. Mr Raab’s full statement follows: The United ...

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