GECOM to declare Guyana election results by June 16

Guyana’s Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) says it will be ready, to make a final declaration of the disputed March 2, regional and general elections, by June 16, three days after the ongoing national recount of the ballots comes to an end.

An addendum, to the national recount’s May 4 Order, was published and gazetted last week.

It states that the Commission will give the Chief Elections Officer (CEO), Keith Lowenfield, on or before the new recount deadline, to submit his report, containing the tabulation of the 10 electoral districts and the Observation Reports of each of those districts, to the elections body.

“The Commission, after deliberating on the report, shall determine whether it will request the Chief Elections Officer to use the data, compiled in accordance with paragraph 12, as the basis for the submission of a report, under section 96 of the Representation of the People’s Act Chapter 1:03, provided that the Commission shall, no later than three days after receiving the report, make the declaration of the final, credible count of the March 2 Elections,” according to the amended Order.

Coalition government-appointed GECOM Commissioner, Vincent Alexander, said, having received the CEO’s report, GECOM will deliberate, after which, Lowenfield will be advised to make a final submission.

Alexander commented that the people of Guyana can expect concrete information about the content of the Observation Reports, especially concerning migrants and dead persons voting, and other anomalies, already brought to the public’s attention.

Meanwhile, GECOM said that 82 ballot boxes were reviewed, yesterday, bringing to 1,555 ballot boxes, the total recounted so far, with 784 remaining.