Opposition Leader and PPP General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo this afternoon welcomed the decision of the Court of Appeal to uphold the High Court ruling that the vote recount has to be used for the final declaration.
In a statement, Jagdeo urged the Elections Commission and the Chairperson of the Commission to move on and declare the results.
“Justice Singh is under no obligation to respect any stay when nobody is clear what the stay is about if given that the Court of Appeal unanimously dismissed the appeal…I would encourage the Commission and Justice Singh to act urgently. The country has been waiting a long time and everyone agrees that these matters have been aired ad nauseam, the Courts have been abused, and its time to move on”.
Mr. Jagdeo said he was not surprised with the Court’s description of the matter as frivolous. He said it is clear that based on the recount, the PPP won the elections and it is time for the country to move forward.
“We are pleased that the decision was unanimous and it justifies all that the people fighting for democracy have been saying that Lowenfield (Chief Election Officer) is acting fraudulently and illegally”, Jagdeo stated.
The PPP General Secretary said the High Court and the Court of Appeal have been very clear in their position on the vote recount being used and he is not sure why a stay was even granted for 24 hours on the latest decision.
Based on the undeclared recount numbers, the PPP could end up with 33 seats in Parliament, with the APNU+AFC gaining 31 seats and the joiner parties claiming one seat.
The Elections Commission has not set a date for its next meeting.