In his most recent letter to the press, APNU+AFC Commissioner, Vincent Alexander sought to explain why the CARICOM team did not find evidence of fraud, specifically dead voters during the recount of the votes cast in the 2020 polls. His theory is that the evidence he submitted on this matter was withheld from the team.
Alexander said that evidence in the form of 61 death certificates for persons who purportedly voted was availed to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chair, Justice (retired) Claudette Singh.
However, PPP’s Commissioner, Sase Gunraj said that Alexander is clearly trying to elevate unfounded allegations above proven facts.
In response to his colleague, Gunraj categorically stated that it is a matter of public notoriety that no evidence was tendered to support the allegations of dead voters except a few death certificates presented in isolation and without nexus.
Gunraj said that the decision of the Commission, which was supported by a plethora of case laws, is that it has no jurisdiction to investigate or pronounce upon the allegations of dead voters.
He reminded that this was confirmed by the recent decision of the Caribbean Court of Justice, in the Eslyn David case, which stated that the established route for dealing with these matters is an election petition.
Gunraj said, “What my colleague has deliberately ignored, but in fact, appears to countenance, is the insidious fraud perpetrated by (Region Four Returning Officer) Clairmont Mingo, and he advocates the use of declarations based upon same. It is in recognition of this rank fraud that (President) David Granger and (Opposition Leader) Bharrat Jagdeo agreed, with assistance of (Prime Minister of Barbados) Mia Mottley, to a recount of all ballots cast in the 2nd March, 2020 Elections.”
At the end of the day, Gunraj said Alexander can seek to berate and abuse every messenger who calls out his complicity in thwarting the will of the electorate, but it does not change the facts.