Elec­tions meet­ing to be held to­day

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIO­NAL -

A PLANNED meet­ing of the seven-mem­ber Guyana Elec­tions Com­mis­sion (GECOM) to ac­cept a re­port from the chief elec­tions of­fi­cer (CEO), Keith Lowen­field, failed to get off the ground on Thurs­day be­cause of a lack of quo­rum, at least two com­mis­sion mem­bers told re­porters.

Both the government-ap­pointed com­mis­sioner, Vin­cent Alexan­der, and the op­po­si­tion-nom­i­nated mem­ber, Sase Gun­raj, con­firmed that the meet­ing has now been resched­uled to to­day.

“The meet­ing did not take place; there­fore, there is noth­ing of­fi­cial to re­port. Any chat­ter on the side, it is not my in­ten­tion to bring that to the pub­lic do­main,” Alexan­der told re­porters out­side the GECOM build­ing.

But Gun­raj, while he would not dis­close why the other mem­bers of the com­mis­sion failed to at­tend the talks, said that “no re­port has been re­ceived by the chair­per­son from the chief elec­tions of­fi­cer, and de­spite be­ing told that he is on his way, up to when I left the build­ing, he had not ar­rived”.

He said he be­lieved that the com­mis­sion has “cer­tain pow­ers” that he “is ac­tively con­tem­plat­ing” but did not go into de­tail.

The op­po­si­tion-nom­i­nated com­mis­sioner also dis­missed re­ports that GECOM had been served with le­gal no­tice pre­vent­ing Lowen­field from sub­mit­ting a re­port to the GECOM chair­per­son, re­tired Jus­tice Claudette Singh.

A se­nior of­fi­cial of the main op­po­si­tion Peo­ple’s Pro­gres­sive Party/Civic (PPP/C) dis­missed as “a nui­sance-value lit­i­ga­tion” an in­junc­tion be­ing sought by a pri­vate cit­i­zen aimed at pre­vent­ing the GECOM from declar­ing the re­sults of the dis­puted March 2 re­gional and gen­eral elec­tions.

For­mer at­tor­ney gen­eral and PPP/C ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber Anil Nand­lall, in a state­ment posted on the of­fi­cial web­site of the PPP/C, said the in­junc­tion be­ing sought by Es­lyn David has ab­so­lutely no prospects of suc­cess.

“It raises no se­ri­ous ques­tions of law. It is ab­so­lutely frivolous, and vex­a­tious and will be dis­missed,” he said, adding that “it must be ig­nored” by GECOM.

“The na­tion’s im­por­tant busi­ness can­not be stalled on the ba­sis of such le­gal fri­vol­ity. It con­firms APNU/AFC’s pan­de­mo­nium. It is sim­ply de­signed to stall and must be re­jected by GECOM. The chair­per­son, an ex­pe­ri­enced for­mer Court of Ap­peal judge, would clearly see it for what it is: spe­cious, wholly with­out merit, and an abuse of the process of the court,” he added.

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