I cannot help but express my profound disappointment in the actions of key members in the leadership of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) during the partially conducted verification and tabulation process in Region No 4 at the Ashmins Building. I speak specifically to Mr Claremont Mingo, Ms Roxanne Myers, and Mr Keith Lowenfield along with a small group of other officials numbering at about eight persons.
I have been active in this election verification and tabulation process for Region No 4 since March 2, 2020. Between that time and March 5, 2020, I have slept some 12 out of those 96 hours. What I saw during those 84 hours when I was present, was a systematic attempt by a gang of 8 at the apex of GECOM to arrange quite dishonestly the results for Region No 4 to the advantage of APNU/AFC. It appears that these officials have prejudiced the decision-making capabilities at the apex of GECOM clearly in favour of the APNU/AFC.
The Representation of the People Act Chap 1:03, Article 84 specifically says and I quote “….the Returning Officer (RO) shall, in the presence of the persons entitled (parties, official observers, GECOM officials, etc)….., ascertain the total votes cast in favour of each list in the district by adding up the votes recorded in favour of the list in accordance with the Statements of Poll (SOPs), and thereupon publicly declare the votes recorded for each list of candidates.”
The table below illustrates that 526 SOPs were neither verified nor ascertained nor added to the tabulation in the presence of the persons entitled to witness the process. That translates to almost 60 per cent of the SOPs in Region No 4 remaining unverified.