The APNU+AFC coalition may have its hands tied with its decision to pull support from one of its candidates who went on to win the constituency seat for the Georgetown City Council.
Two days before the elections, the APNU announced that it was withdrawing support from Coalition Candidate, Winston Harding.
The party’s decision came after reports that the man had been previously accused of molesting a child. He was never convicted of any offense, but the party justified its decision because of the seriousness of the accusation.
Now, Commissioner on the Guyana Elections Commission, Vincent Alexander, has explained that there are no present laws that would allow the recall of the soon to be Georgetown City councillor.
At a GECOM press conference on Saturday afternoon, Mr. Alexander also made it clear that there was nothing legally that disqualified the man from taking part in the elections.
The only way he could be replaced on the Georgetown City Council would be by way of a by-elections in his constituency. And those elections could only take place if he resigns from the City Council or dies while in office.
Another GECOM Commissioner, Bibi Shadick, further explained that while the laws might not be able to allow the recall of the councillor, there is the possibility that the laws could be amended at the national level to make such an allowance.
The former accused child molester won his seat by a landslide.