Tuesday 24 November, 2020

Guyana CJ invalidates Region Four results

Chief Justice Roxanne George-Wiltshire has ruled that there was non-compliance with Section 84 (1) of Guyana’s Representation of the People’s Act when Returning Officer Clairmont Mingo declared the district without completing the tabulation process.

George-Wiltshire handed down the ruling today and ordered Mingo to resume the verification process tomorrow at 11 am.

She said the declaration given by Mingo on March 5 was null and void and any action after the declaration has no effect.

It will be up to Mingo or his deputy to decide whether they will restart the process or continue from where it ended before he made the declaration.

Only 421 of the region’s 897 polling stations were completed when Mingo made his declaration.

Mingo will also have to decide on what is the best method to tabulate the Statements of Poll (SOP).

George-Wiltshire upheld the injunction that prevented the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) from declaring the election until the process is completed according to the law.

She added that the decision does not decide the result or validity of the polls conducted in Region Four on March 2.

She ordered costs of GYD$500,000 in favour of the appellant Reeaz Hollander.

Following the ruling, Senior Counsel Neil Boston, who represented GECOM in the matter, expressed disappointment with the ruling but he was happy that the verification process can be restarted.

GECOM will not be appealing the matter.

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