During this afternoon’s CCJ case management conference on the appeal of the election declaration matter, the Lead Attorney for the PPP attempted to get the Court to order a withdrawal of the final election report that was submitted by the Chief Election Officer.
The Court refused getting involved in that matter.
Senior Counsel Douglas Mendes told the Court that the Chief Election Officer in his opinion had flouted the stay order of the Guyana Court of Appeal by submitting his report to the Chairperson and Members of the Guyana Elections Commission.
But Attorney General Basil Williams explained that it did not appear that the stay order prevented the CEO from submitting his report.
When Attorney Mendes attempted to continue on with the matter, Justice Winston Anderson interjected and said if he had concerns about the actions of the Chief Election Officer, he should have raised those concerns at the Guyana Court of Appeal level.
CCJ President, Justice Adrian Saunders agreed and said “we cannot undo what was done by the Chief Elections Officer. If Counsel wish to include it in his submissions whether what was done was lawfully done or whether there is to be no consequence or whether there is consequence to what was done, you are free to do so but certainly did not intend in these proceedings to embark upon the substantive issues”.
One day after the Guyana Court of Appeal decision in the matter, the Chief Election Officer submitted his final report on the election showing the valid votes that were cast. In the report and based on those valid votes, he determined that the APNU+AFC had won the elections.