Kit Nascimento, a former minister under the People’s National Congress (PNC) administration has called out Telecommunications Minister and A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) Executive Member, Catherine Hughes, for statements she made yesterday regarding anomalies allegedly uncovered during the recount of the ballots cast in the March General and Regional Elections. Today is Day Eleven of the recount exercise which is being conducted at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC), Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara.
In her address to the media yesterday, Hughes claimed that her party is in possession of sufficient evidence to support its claims that things went awry during polling day. She further stated that the APNU+AFC wants the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to say how it will be dealing with these anomalies.
But Nascimento, said that he is “appalled” at the claims made by Hughes. He alleged that while objections are being made by the APNU+AFC, no evidence is submitted to support its claims. Yet, these objections are allowed to be inputted into Observation Reports (ORs), which are then read to the nation as being ‘legitimate’ issues.
Nascimento said that all the objections being made by APNU+AFC agents and members are in contradiction with their leader, the incumbent President David Granger. He argues that it was Granger who endorsed the elections as being credible yet, during this recount, while his subordinates are making numerous objections about the process.
“She (Hughes) came here and spoke to the media as part of what has become a transparent APNU+AFC’s determination to ignore the recount, and to present a series of undocumented, unproved, unsourced claims that something went wrong with the elections, while the election was being held on March 2nd – the same elections that even David Granger endorsed as being fair, honest and credible. So, they are now in contradiction, Kathy Hughes and all the rest of them, with their own leader,” Nascimento said.
This “contradiction” is “not unusual”, he said as he referred to recount pact made between the Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo and President Granger, being challenged by an APNU+AFC Candidate, Ulita Moore.