Change Guyana (CG) Executive Member and former Prime Ministerial Candidate, Nigel Hinds says that nothing is stopping the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chair, Justice (retired) Claudette Singh from declaring a winner of the March 2 General and Regional Elections, now that the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has delivered its summary of its ruling on a case that could potentially end the political impasse in Guyana.
“We are now at the crossroad, where there is another opportunity for the Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission to act with the power vested in her, and to make a declaration forthwith,” he said.
Hinds noted that Guyana is still awaiting a declaration of March General and Regional Elections four months after the electorate took to the polls. He said that Justice Singh must take this into consideration in concluding the process.
“We have circled the wagon for far too long. We’ve turned [the] Guyana elections process, rather, many players have turned the Guyana election process into a circus. And in my opinion, GECOM has irredeemably tarnished their institution, and we cannot continue along this path. So, I ask Justice Claudette Singh to act expeditiously in bringing this matter to a close,” he said.
He added that the Change Guyana party has “soldiered” on through since its launch to be involved in the process, which it feels can become an opening for the “kind of rational governance, the kind of inclusive governance, the kind of caring governance that is so badly needed”.
The CCJ, today, set aside a ruling made by the Guyana Court of Appeal (COA) in the matter involving Esyln David v Chief Elections Officer et al, regarding the interpretation of article 177 (2) (b) which speaks to the utilization of votes in declaring a victor in an electoral process.