The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), IT Officer Enrique Livan was today granted $150,000 bail after he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court. He was charged with one count of fraud relating to the March 2 General and Regional elections.
He was not required to plead to the charge, which alleged that between March 4 and 5 at High Street, together with others, Livan, while being an employee at GECOM, unlawfully altered the figures of the Statements of Poll to defraud the State of Guyana.
He was ordered to lodge his passport and was instructed to report to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) every day. He also has to stay 50 ft away from witnesses in the case.
Livan is expected to make another court appearance on September 25. Attorney Eusi Anderson represented him.
On the afternoon of March 4, when the tabulation was aborted, two GECOM staffers were put in place to continue the process. Shortly after, they complained of feeling tired, and later that night, when the process restarted, Livan forced an abrupt end when he left the room with his laptop and a flash drive, which caused party agents to be suspicious. The Police were called in, and Livan was questioned.
The following day, Mingo made a declaration that was widely condemned as being fraudulent. He made a second declaration, and that was also questioned, leading to the national vote recount.