PPP/C says injunction to halt declaration of results ‘a nuisance’
GEORGETOWN – A senior official of the main opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Thursday dismissed as “a nuisance-value litigation” an injunction being sought by a citizen aimed at preventing the Guyana Elections Commission (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.
GECOM is due to announce the results later on Thursday after its chair, retired justice Claudette Singh, receives a report from the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield paving the way for what political observers say will be the formal announcement of the elections which the PPP/C said that it won based on the national recount of votes that ended on June 9. She was due to receive the report at 2 p.m.
The ruling coalition, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) has said that the poll was filled with irregularities and anomalies and wants it annulled.
The injunction being filed by Eslyn David, is also against Singh, Lowenfield and the Attorney General, Basil Williams.
In it, David, who is being represented by attorney Mayo Robertson, notes that “a Declaration that the Guyana Elections Commission has failed to act in accordance with the terms of the Order No. 60 of 2020 and the amended Order dated the 29th day of May, 2020” in that GECOM “has failed to determine a final credible count and or the credibility of the result of the General and Regional Elections held on the 2nd day of March, 2020, as required to do by Order No. 60 of 2020 and the amended Order dated the 29th day of May, 2020”.
She is also asking the Court to issue an order “restraining the Chief Elections Officer from complying” with the direction given by Singh regarding a report on the election results “without the Guyana Elections Commission determining the final credible count and or the credibility” of the elections.
The injunction being sought also seeks an order “restraining the Chief Elections Officer from submitting to the Guyana Elections Commission an Elections Report . . . containing votes which are not credible within the meaning of Order No. 60 of 2020”.
It also wants the court to issue an order “restraining the Chief Elections Officer from submitting to the Elections Commission an Elections Report under Section 96 of the Representation of the People Act, Chapter 1:03 containing votes which are not valid and credible”. (CMC)