The conclusion of Guyana’s 2020 General and Regional elections has been hampered by several legal actions filed by agents of the two major political parties- the governing A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) and the Opposition People progressive Party Civic (PPP/C).
Specifically addressing the issue without directly calling out the government or Opposition was Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, who, in his most recent column ‘My Turn’ published in the Guyana Chronicle said that the elections process may yet attract another cycle of litigation.
According to Nagamottoo, “leaders of the cluster of minuscule parties that may get one seat in the National Assembly from what are commonly deemed “left-over votes”, have already pompously confronted the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) with this possibility. “We coming back right hey!” he bawled in the face of the Court.”
The Prime Minister, however, made no mention of who is the “he”, he was referring to in the foregoing paragraph.
Prime Minister Nagamootoo further said that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), the only body entitled to declare the results of the elections, has already been dragged before several courts at various stages of the electoral process, with the most recent being the CCJ, which has in turn, returned the matter of making the final declaration to the Elections Commission.
Obviously referring to the most recent report of Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield, Nagamootoo said that the report, in common knowledge, gives the incumbent APNU+AFC coalition a razor-thin, one-seat win.