Shu­man’s par­ty re­quests re­mo­val of Lo­wen­field

Times of Suriname - - PANORAMA -

The Li­ber­ty and Jus­ti­ce Par­ty (LJP) has writ­ten to the Chair of the Gu­y­a­na Elec­ti­ons Com­mis­si­on (GECOM), Jus­ti­ce (Ret’d), Clau­det­te Singh, re­ques­ting the im­me­di­a­te dis­mis­sal of Chief Elec­ti­ons Of­fi­cer (CEO), Keith Lo­wen­field. The let­ter ci­ted 12 oc­ca­si­ons whe­re the CEO con­duc­ted himself in a man­ner that de­mon­stra­ted no res­pect for the will of the elec­to­ra­te. In the let­ter pen­ned by Pre­si­den­ti­al Can­di­da­te and lea­der of the par­ty, Len­nox Shu­man, he sta­ted “Over the last four (4) months, Mr. Lo­wen­field has con­duc­ted himself in a man­ner that does not com­mand the con­fi­den­ce of the pu­blic and con­ti­nues to de­mon­stra­te no de­gree of res­pect for the elec­to­ra­te, the Gu­y­a­ne­se pe­o­p­le nor the struc­tu­res and in­sti­tu­ti­ons that we­re me­ant to pro­tect and sa­fe­gu­ard the will of the pe­o­p­le”.

“That the CEO”, they sta­ted, “clear­ly de­mon­stra­tes a bi­as, we are re­so­lu­te in our view that the CEO, Mr. Keith Lo­wen­field, has com­ple­te­ly and ab­so­lu­te­ly lost the con­fi­den­ce of the Gu­y­a­ne­se elec­to­ra­te, and we be­lie­ve the abo­ve as laid out pro­vi­de un­dis­pu­ta­ble grounds for Mr. Lo­wen­field’s im­me­di­a­te re­mo­val/ter­mi­na­ti­on from his post as CEO and for his ex­pe­di­tious re­pla­ce­ment with a can­di­da­te mo­re ami­ca­ble to the terms and ope­ra­ti­ons of law abi­ding sta­tu­to­ry of­fi­cers in de­mo­cra­tic in­sti­tu­ti­ons.”

Ma­king his ar­gu­ment, Shu­man li­sted the va­rious acts of the CEO that “con­tri­bu­ted

to the com­ple­te and ab­so­lu­te loss of con­fi­den­ce in him”. The par­ty ac­cu­sed Lo­wen­field of “Gross ne­gli­gen­ce with re­gards to the sa­fe­gu­ar­ding of elec­ti­ons do­cu­ments”; the very do­cu­ments used as the ba­sis of fraud al­le­ga­ti­ons by the in­cum­bent Co­a­li­ti­on.

Du­ring the Na­ti­o­nal Re­count, the Co­a­li­ti­on had de­mand­ed that GECOM dis­card 29 bal­lot boxes, th­re­a­tening mo­re than 7,000 vo­tes cast by elec­tors from the East Coast of De­me­ra­ra. Cri­ti­cal sta­tu­to­ry do­cu­ments such as the coun­ter­foils, Of­fi­ci­al List of Elec­tors (OLE), poll books, fo­li­os, spoilt bal­lots, da­ma­ged bal­lots, and proxies we­re found to be mis­sing upon exa­mi­na­ti­on of the boxes du­ring the re­count. (Kai­e­teur News)

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