(Demerara Waves) Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo on Tuesday announced that the Representation of People Act would be amended to ensure votes are counted transparently, even as he called on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) takes steps to remove the Chief Election Officer Keith Lowenfield and Deputy Chief Election Officer Roxanne Myers.
“We will be drafting shortly amendments to the Act that will ensure transparency in the count and a clear methodology as to how the count must proceed, leaving no ambiguity,” he said. Further, he said the law would provide for the Statements of Poll (SOPs) to be published in the newspapers, Official Gazette and Online before the count begins.
“Even before the count starts, the industrious Guyanese can then go, see the SOPs and they can calculate who won the elections. People can know that because they (GECOM) will have to post the original SOPs say in the first day after the elections,” he said.
Noting that recount is already provided for in the Representation of the People Act, he said the pro-opposition commissioners did not want to use the process outlined and so the law would be refined to stipulate how recounts must be done.