“…the Team categorically rejects the public efforts to discredit the 2020 poll up to the disastrous Region 4 tabulations. Despite our concerns, nothing that we witnessed warrants a challenge to the inescapable conclusion that the recount results are acceptable and should constitute the basis of the declaration of the results of the March 02, 2020 elections. Any aggrieved political party has been afforded the right to seek redress before the courts in the form of an election petition.”
That is a section of the Caricom report on Guyana’s elections as quoted by attorney at law Sanjeev Datadin.
Datadin asserted that there is nothing to stop the declaration of the recount result as, according to Caricom, it is reflective of the will of the people. “This means that the attitude of (Chief Elections Officer Keith) Lowenfield is prosperous.”
Datadin said that in noting that the result of the recount is fair, credible and should be declared, and, in rejecting public efforts to discredit the 2020 polls, Caricom effectively established that there are forces at work to thwart the will of the Guyanese people.
Datadin said that the masterminds in the efforts to stifle the will of the Guyanese people have managed to coopt high officials in the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to do their bidding. “No man woman or child in Guyana doubt that (Region 4 Returning Officer) Mingo invented those numbers which he said came from the boxes and the reason was to give the coalition a victory at the polls. Mingo added more than 19,000 votes to the APNU that they did not have and subtracted more than 3000 votes from the PPP which they did get.”
Datadin said that just as Mingo’s “wicked works” did not escape the masses neither did the bidding of Lowenfield. “Just imagine, even as Lowenfield’s numbers showed PPP as the winner, he went above and beyond to include in the report that the results for each region are not credible.”
Datadin told Guyana Standard that Lowenfield sought to put a cloud over the victory of PPP, “ a victory which, in fact, is a reflection of the will of the people.”
Datadin pointed out that Lowenfield’s only obligation under the Constitution (article 177) is to advise the Chairman of GECOM of what the total votes are, who is the winner and how the seats in the National Assembly are to be allocated he is not there for marital and relationship advice.”
Datadin reiterated that GECOM should act on only what is relevant in Lowenfield’s report which are the metrics.
The lawyer added, “There is no justifiable reason for us to have to endure further delays.”