Saturday 5 December, 2020

Guyana: Chief Elections Officer back in court

Chief Election Officer Keith Lowenfield. Photo: Dillon De Shong

Chief Election Officer Keith Lowenfield. Photo: Dillon De Shong

Chief Election Officer Keith Lowenfield was granted GYD$450,000 bail when he appeared before a Georgetown Magistrate today to answer three private criminal charges brought against him.

The charges were filed by People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) member Desmond Morian and Member of The New Movement, Daniel Josh Kanhai.

Lowenfield only received his summons yesterday.

Morian and Kanhai accuse Lownfield of committing electoral fraud.

On leaving the court, Lowenfield was greeted by a cheering crowd of A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC).

Attorneys Nigel Hughes and Senior Counsel Neil Boston are representing Lowenfield

Hughes accused the complainants of attempting to use the court as a forum to make “political statements.”

He noted the complainants asked for a month long adjournment since they had 800 witness statements. But they countered, arguing that the complainants should be ready to proceed since they were the ones who filed the case.

“It is evident to us at this point in time, they are not ready. If they have the concerns they say they had, those concerns should have been raised with the Guyana Police Force and any appropriate law enforcement agency,” Hughes said.

“Our real concern is they are attempting to take a court of law and turn it into a political circus.”

Lowenfield will reappear in court on August 14.

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