The Bar Council of the Guyana Bar Association is calling on the Chairperson of the Elections Commission, Retired Justice Claudette Singh to ensure that all necessary steps are taken so that the results of last Monday’s elections can withstand local and international scrutiny before making any declaration required by law.
In a statement, the group which represents Attorneys in Guyana, said it joins international observers and the ABCE Diplomats “in asserting that there can be no lawful declaration of results of the General and Regional Elections until all legal requirements have been complied with by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to ensure transparency and credibility of those results”.
The People’s Progressive Party moved to the Court last Thursday and was granted an injunction blocking the Elections Commission from making a final declaration of the results for Region 4 without a final verification of the results.
GECOM has since moved to the Chief Justice to have the injunction dismissed and the Chief Justice will hand down a ruling on the issue today.
The Bar Association of Guyana, which was an accredited local observer for the elections noted that up to and including the voting process, it was found that the elections were free, fair and transparent.
Meanwhile, the Bar Association has not offered any comment on one of its observers, Attorney Glen Hanoman warning two Police Officers that their jobs will be in jeopardy when there is a change in government because they blocked him from accessing an upper floor of the Elections Commission.
“Dr. Ali ( PPP Presidential Candidate) must mark these Police face and let them know when the Government changes, their jobs will be in jeopardy”, Hanoman told the two Policewomen.
He has since attempted to clarify his remarks by saying they must be taken in context and he was pointing out that the same officers had allowed foreign observer access to the upper part of the building while blocking his access.
He was eventually allowed to proceed to the upper area when a third Police officer intervened.