“You cannot have invalid numbers making up a final report” – Stanley Ming
DPI, Guyana, Friday, June 26, 2020
Businessman Stanley Ming of Ming’s Products & Services Limited is of the view that only valid votes are to be used to elect the next President of Guyana.
Ming was at the time appearing on 107.1 FM Benschop Radio where he was discussing the ongoing electoral process.
On Monday last, the Court of Appeal handed down the ruling that the term “valid votes cast” in Article 177 (2) (b) be interpreted to mean “more valid votes cast,” during the determination of the results of elections.
The ruling was handed down after it was challenged that the hundreds of irregularities which were uncovered during the recount process led to a misrepresentation of the will of the people.
Ming stated: “you cannot have invalid numbers making up a final report,” adding that it is “very straight forward, not rocket science.”
Using only valid votes as ordered by the court the Guyana Elections Commission Chief Elections Officer submitted his report to the GECOM Chair showing a victory for the APNU+AFC Coalition.
The businessman also questioned the Official list of electors which has over 600,000 eligible voters with a population of 745,000 people.
Stating explicitly that he is not concerned with which political party is elected, Ming maintained “numbers do not lie. I do not know how the votes have been tabulated for each party because that does not bother me but the valid votes that Mr. Lowenfield is saying now is 344,508, that in my humble opinion represents an accurate number of votes that should be valid.”
He noted that it was disturbing that people who were deemed competent to observe the electoral process are making pronouncements that are contradicting the local observers.
The CARICOM scrutinizing team that also submitted a report was only able to validate 18 percent of the tabulation process. With that, the report submitted is view by many as being contradictory.
“We are ignoring our own people who are competent; capable of knowing what they saw and recording. Three people who spent 18 percent of their time, are saying we don’t agree with what they say, even though we only spent 18 percent of the time. I find that very disrespectful to the Guyanese people,” Ming stated.
He added that “I have said from the outset when I started to look at these numbers, the only thing I want is the facts and the truth nothing else.”