Wednesday 28 October, 2020

CCJ invalidates Guyana Court of Appeal ruling on election results

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has invalidated the Guyana Court of Appeal’s (COA) ruling that Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield must only use votes determined as valid to declare a winner of the country’s disputed election.

CCJ President Adrian Saunders handed down the unanimous ruling on Wednesday afternoon.

The court ruled it had jurisdiction to hear an appeal brought by People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Presidential candidate Dr Irfaan Ali and General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo and granted them special leave to contest the COA ruling.

The court also found that the COA did not have the jurisdiction to hear a challenge to the election results brought by Eslyn David.

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The court’s ruling also invalidated an election report handed over to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) by Lowenfield on June 23, 2020.

Lowenfield discarded over 100,000 votes received by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) on March 2, 2020.

In delivering his ruling, Saunders said “it was it is for GECOM to ensure that the CEO submits a report in accordance with its directive of June 16 in order to proceed along the path directed by the laws of Guyana.”

He said the court hopes there will be a peaceful resolution and return to normalcy as he noted Guyana has been without a Parliament for more than a year.

Saunders called on all parties involved in the matter to allow the law to run its course.

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