Prime Ministerial Candidate for the People’s Progressive Party, retired Brigadier Mark Phillips this evening chastised the governing APNU+AFC coalition for demanding that GECOM responds to its concerns about fraud by tomorrow.
Mr. Phillips told reporters that the APNU+AFC must be reminded that GECOM remains an independent constitutional body and therefore should be allowed to make its own decisions and not have to respond to any ultimatum by a political party.
“I find it difficult to accept that a political party contesting elections will want to issue an ultimatum to a Constitutional body that enjoys the independence from control of government or any political party or organisation in Guyana”, Phillips said.
The APNU+AFC today said that it was awaiting responses from the Guyana Elections Commission to its letters highlighting the various alleged incidents of fraud that have been unearthed during the recount.
But the PPP Prime Ministerial Candidate said it will be best for the APNU+AFC coalition to compile those accusations and concerns of fraud and file an election petition.
“GECOM is an independent body and if they have any concerns or any allegations, there is a recourse to the Court and they should really be collating all their allegations and go before the Court in the form of a petition. The Court is best able to deal with all these allegations. GECOM cannot investigate itself”, Mr. Phillips countered.
With just votes for the Region Four recount still to be completed, the People’s Progressive Party is confident that it will emerge victorious and be in a position to form the new government.
The APNU+AFC’s position remains that the elections cannot be declared as credible with the number of alleged cases of fraud that have been unearthed during the recount.