Misenga Jones officially files appeal

—Says Chief Justice ‘erred” in her decision

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, July 21, 2020

A notice of appeal has been filed in the case Misenga Jones vs the Guyana Elections Commission following the ruling of Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George on Monday.

The appeal filed by Attorney-at-law Mayo Robertson on behalf of his client Misenga Jones is looking to overturn the ruling handed down by the Chief Justice.

In her ruling, the Chief Justice first determined that the Court had jurisdiction to hear the matter and consequently ruled that the national recount was valid and the results garnered from it would supersede the March 13 Declarations by the Returning Officers.

Jones in her appeal is contending that the Chief Justice incorrectly interpreted the terms and provisions of Order 60 of 2020 when she found that the order valid, which led to her failing to find that the commission had overstepped its constitutional authority when it implemented Order 60 of 2020.

Jones also maintains that the Chief Justice in her decision also erred when she did not find that the Chair of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and the Commission had acted outside of their statutory powers.

The appeal is seeking several declarations among them is that Order 60 of 2020 and any results obtained from it and invalid; that the Chief Election Officer’s’ final report must be based the March 13 declarations of the  Returning Officers and that the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission cannot direct the CEO on the subject matter of his final report

Jones is represented by Senior Counsel John Jeremie, Roysdale Forde, Keith Scotland, Mayo Robertson and Rondelle Keller. The case management hearing is due to be at 3pm on Wednesday.