City Mayor joins call for President Granger to be sworn in
─ says CEO’s report clearly concurs with Guyana’s constitution
DPI, Guyana, Monday, June 29, 2020
The Mayor of Georgetown, His Worship Pandit Ubraj Narine has joined scores of other Guyanese in the call for the immediate swearing-in of His Excellency President David Granger and his Coalition partners for a second term.
The Chief Elections Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Keith Lowenfield last Tuesday submitted his final report to the commission’s Chair Justice (Ret’d), Claudette Singh, paving the way for a declaration of results from the March 2, 2020, General and Regional Elections.
The CEO’s submission upheld the ruling of the Appellate Court who on Monday, June 22 ordered that GECOM’s declaration be guided only by “more valid votes cast.”
Working in accordance with the Court’s order, with a total of 171,825 valid votes the CEO’s report indicated that the APNU+AFC Coalition won the recent elections. The PPP was able to garner 166,343 votes.
To this end, City Major today said the A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance for Change Coalition has emerged the victor and should be given what it rightfully earned.
“The CEO’s report accounts for the valid votes cast in these elections and as such shows a clear win for the incumbent APNU+AFC Government. In light of this, the Mayor’s Office is calling on all stakeholders to accept the outcome of these elections. Guyana needs to move forward and can only do so with the support of all Guyanese at all levels of Government and society,” he emphasised in a press release issued today.
Mayor Narine said Guyana remains a free and sovereign nation, holding all democratic principles and practices to the highest legal standard.
“It is necessary now more than ever for the day-to-day functions of the Government to commence unhindered. The Guyanese people deserve, at least, this much,” the Mayor concluded.
Guyana’s elections Court matter continues at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Wednesday, July 1, following the filing of an appeal by the PPP to overturn the final decision made by Justices Brassington Reynolds and Dawn Gregory in the Court of Appeal.
The Apex court will first have to rule if it has jurisdiction to hear the case put forth to it.
However, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, the Hon. Basil Williams maintains that pursuant to Article 177 (4) of the Constitution that any decisions made by the Appeal Court is final and cannot be challenged further.