While refusing to take questions from News Source, Chairman of A New and United Guyana, Attorney Timothy Jonas, skirted around questions about the origins of the Statements of Poll that his party was using to verify the results of the Region 4 elections.
“I am not speaking to you”, Jonas told News Source at the High Court, pointing to a question that was raised by the News Source Editor in Chief about the source of the SoPs that were being used by the small parties in the elections.
The Presidential Candidate for The Citizenship Initiative, Rhonda-Ann Lam has already indicated that her party got just over 200 of the 879 Statements of Polls. She said those came from some of its agents and her family and friends who took photographs of the SoPs that were posted at the polling stations.
The Presidential Candidate for the Liberty and Justice Party admitted that his party could not have agents at all polling stations, so he relied on statements from some of its field agents as well as from A New and United Guyana and The New Movement.
Pressed on the issue this afternoon by another news entity, ANUG’s Timothy Jonas said “the small parties had limited resources and absolutely did not have a presence in each polling station so as to receive a statement of poll from each polling station, but the point I am trying to make to you is if GECOM waited to ascertain 400 odd statements of poll by holding them up in the presence of all of the people who are entitled to see them and counting them and tabulating them and A New and United Guyana has by its limited resources gotten 10 or 20 of those statements of poll, not 400, 10 or 20, Mr. Mingo (Returning Officer) doesn’t know which 10 or 20 we have so we could sit down and when he reaches the ones that we have, we could say this is not what we have and therefore if when he is completed, his process accords even those 10 that we have as he passed them, that gives me comfort”.
Jonas was one of the small party leaders who joined the People’s Progressive Party at a joint press conference last Thursday night to press for verification of all votes for Region Four before a declaration.
The matter has now found its way before the Courts.