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Guyana Elections Commission To Await Court Ruling Before Recount

Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chair, retired Justice Claudette Singh, is expected to declare official elections results on or before this weekend.

Guyana Elections Commission To Await Court Ruling Before Recount

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, April 3, 2020 (CMC) – The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) indicated, today, that it will be awaiting the ruling of the Court of Appeal, before any further decisions will be taken, in its plan to carry out the national recount of the March 2 election votes.

In the Appellate Court, today, Attorney Kim Kyte, who is representing GECOM’s Chair, former Justice Claudette Singh, informed parties and judges that the election body’s further decisions will be held back, until the Court hands down its ruling.

Justice Dawn Gregory-Barnes indicated that the court will rule on Sunday.

The Court had asked Attorney Kyte to inform it of any developments at GECOM, during the hearing, after an application for an interim order to GECOM, by Moore’s lawyer, Roydale Forde, was turned down.

GECOM announced, earlier today, that it had voted to carry out the national recount of votes, which was requested by President David Granger on March 15.

The Head of State had asked the Chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Amor Mottley, to organise the supervision of a national recount, to allay all misconceptions and doubts about the validity of the results, particularly for the Region Four, Demerara-Mahaica district.

That request was agreed to by the leader of the main opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo, and led to the formulation of an Aide Memoire in this regard.

All preparations for the recount was however halted, after an injunction was filed by private citizen, Ulita Grace Moore, in the High Court.

That injunction was thrown out by the Full Court, and Moore had since approached the Appellate Court to have the Application heard.

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