The Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission has rejected the report submitted on Saturday to the Guyana Elections Commission by the Chief Election Officer and has now instructed him to submit a report in keeping with her original request.
According to Commissioner Vincent Alexander, at today’s meeting of the Guyana Elections Commission, the Chairman told the CEO that if he fails to submit the report by 2:30pm on Tuesday then she will turn to the Deputy Chief Election Officer for the completion and submission of the report.
Mr. Alexander told reporters this afternoon that the Chairman was very clear in her instructions. He said the Chief Election Officer was similarly clear in his position that the submitted report was in keeping with the laws of Guyana.
The Chairman of GECOM wants the Chief Election Officer to submit his report based on the votes from the national recount pointing to provisions in the Representation of the People Act and other electoral laws.
Last week, the Chief Election Officer sought clarification on the request since he believes it clashed with Representation of the People Act. The GECOM Chair did not offer any clarification but re-enforced her earlier request.
Lowenfield on Saturday submitted his report which differed from the numbers in the recount.
The People’s Progressive Party objected to the report, describing it as an eyepass while calling for the dismissal of the Chief Election Officer.
The Elections Commission has not considered the issue of any dismissal. However, with the Chairman’s insistence of the report being based on the recount and her clear indication that she will turn to the Deputy Chief Election Officer if that report is not submitted, there is clearly some growing tension between the Chairman and the Chief Election Officer at the Guyana Elections Commission.