March 02 election fraud to be frontally confronted – AG Nandlall

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The upcoming Commission of Inquiry (COI) into the March 2 General and Regional Elections are geared at determining the architects behind the electoral fraud.

This is according to Attorney General (AG) and Minister of Legal Affairs, Hon. Mohabir Anil Nandlall.

The Attorney General made the statement when he appeared as a guest on Kaieteur Radio’s “Room 592” programme on Monday. He said the new PPP/C Government will also conduct an overhaul of the electoral system based on the recommendations stemming from the investigation.

“There was an attempt to screw it up. The attempt did not succeed. Had the attempt succeeded, we would not have been in Government. So, we managed to avert the screwing up,” the Attorney General said of the aftermath of the elections.

“But what we want to know is who were behind the attempts. The intellectual authors and the actual executioners, and we want to know what motivated that,” he continued.

He reminded that before going in office, the PPP/C pledged to the “people that the GECOM matter will be tackled frontally”.

The Attorney General relayed that other investigations will have to be conducted since fraud was committed and criminal laws violated.

“This is about a system. This is about the recurrence of what transpired, about cleansing the system, repairing the gaps to make a system stronger for future elections. We cannot go back with the same institutional weaknesses,” he affirmed.

The Attorney General is hoping that upon completion of the investigation, the public will be satisfied that the PPP/C Government did enough in its attempts at improving and bringing to justice, those who may have committed offences.

The upcoming COI could see officials of the former APNU+AFC Coalition Administration and Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) being investigated.

The former APNU+AFC Coalition Government has been accused of undermining democracy and refusing to accept defeat when the results of the polls showed that the PPP/C had won the March 2 elections.

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