GECOM Chair says not daunted by death threats

—Commissioner Alexander also received threats

DPI, GUYANA, Monday, April 20, 2020

Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Justice (ret’d) Claudette Singh has responded to threats on her life, stating that she is “not afraid”, as she believes in God.

“There is a bounty on my head from Friday night. I am not afraid because death is inevitable, and I believe in God,” Justice Singh told the media today.

Threats to the Chairman’s life were made on Facebook, seemingly over her handling of the March 2, 2020 elections particularly the commission’s plans for a national recount.

She noted that reports have been made to the Guyana Police Force and the Cyber Crime Unit.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Vincent Alexander said he has also received similar threats, but noted that the commission must carry out its mandate.

“Every day on Facebook they have something to say about me, they stalk me all sorts of things because of the level at which we are operating, but the work has to go on. If you check Facebook, every day there are so many bits of misinformation. You can only assume that there is ignorance and or mal-intent to what they post,” he said.

While he has not filed a report to the police, he noted that some people are moving along the wrong path.  “Our society is in trouble. With the level of ignorance out there,” he said.