‘Those who are confident should not fear investigation’- Commissioner Alexander
DPI, Guyana, Saturday, May 30, 2020
Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Commissioner, Vincent Alexander said that those who are confident that they have won the March 2 General and Regional Elections should not fear investigation into the claims of electoral fraud.
Alexander was at the time addressing members of the media outside of the Arthur Chung Conference Centre where the recount of votes cast in the March 2, General and Regional Elections is ongoing.
He noted that “from day one of the recount process, counting agents for the A Partnership for National Unity and the Alliance for Chance have been alleging electoral fraud.”
The allegations are that hundreds voted but were not in the country, dead persons voted, unstamped ballots and missing Oath of Identity among others. Yesterday, it was disclosed that the names of 600 persons who are alleged to have voted but were not in the jurisdiction were submitted to GECOM.
Alexander is of the view if the opposition is claiming to have won the elections, then they should have no issue with investigations into the matters of electoral fraud.
“If one is confident that nothing untoward occurred, I think it is in one’s interest to expose those accusations to scrutiny so that your own disposition of confidence could be reinforced and ascertained,” he stated.
Additionally, Alexander pointed out that Chairperson of GECOM has written to the Chief Immigration Officer to look into the allegations.
However, leaders of Peoples’ Progressive Party have threatened to file court action should GECOM investigate the claims.
Commissioner Alexander posited that those who advocated for transparency before the recount process began are now finding ways to say investigations into matters raised should not occur.
“That transparency has been interpreted to mean know all that is happening. Let’s broadcast the tabulations and all of that. What is occurring in what APNU/AFC has done, can enhance that process of transparency. Let us see and know everything,” Alexander emphasisied.