Wednesday 15 July, 2020

Guyana Election: Opposition commits to accepting CCJ ruling

“Whatever is the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) tomorrow, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) will respect the ruling.”

That commitment to accepting the CCJ’s ruling came from PPP/C Prime Ministerial candidate retired Brigadier Mark Phillips during an interview with Loop News today.

However, Phillip said the ruling “will not affect what is required of the Guyana Elections Commission Chairperson. The Chairperson is expected to make a decision in keeping with the results of the recount of the votes.”

Last week, Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield handed in his report following the recount and he invalidated thousands of votes cast in favour of the PPP/C.

GECOM chair Claudette Singh had instructed him to use the data received from tabulations conducted after the national recount of votes.

Lowenfield’s decision to invalidate the votes followed a ruling by Guyana’s Appeal Court said that only valid votes can be used to declare an election winner.

That Appeal Court ruling is the subject of tomorrow’s CCJ case.

PPP/C General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo and Presidential candidate Dr Irfaan Ali appealed to the CCJ to have the decision dismissed on the grounds that the Appeals Court had no jurisdiction to hear the case.

The case begins at 10 am.

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