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Guyana: President Will Accept GECOM’s Declaration Without Condition

(Demerara Waves) President David Granger on Thursday said he would accept a declaration by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) even if it includes votes that his party regards as invalid.

“With respect, my statements on compliance with the declaration wasn’t conditional. I didn’t say if the rain is falling or the sun is shining, if it comes by day or night I am obliged to the declaration of the chairman of GECOM,” he told News-Talk Radio Guyana 103.1 FM/ Demerara Waves Online News.

Chairman of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), Volda Lawrence declined to add to the President’s comment on the issue.

His A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) has in recent weeks been insisting that it would not tolerate the use of invalid votes- those tainted by alleged fraud such as voter-impersonation and absence of key and critical documents to reconcile votes.

The GECOM Chairman has already requested the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield to submit a report using the data from the national vote recount. Mr. Granger suggested that there was no room for a State of Emergency if it becomes apparent that GECOM would include votes that his coalition regards as invalid.

Declaring a state of emergency in Guyana is not being considered at this time, Mr. Granger said when asked if he is prepared to move in that direction, should his party not be declared the winner of the March 2020 elections.

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