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Granger: We are following the law

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GEORGETOWN – President David Granger says Guyana is not a “lawless” state and that the country’s elections commission (GECOM) should be allowed to perform its function as nationals await the outcome of the disputed March 2 regional and general elections.

“We are following the law. The election commission is following the law of the courts and is bound to follow the law of the constitution. We know what we are doing and we are not a lawless state and this is not a rogue government,” Granger said on a local radio programme here on Friday night.

GECOM is likely to announce the official results of the recount exercise that was completed last Sunday. Under the Amended National Recount Order, there are four stages to be undertaken before the announcement is made and the third stage where the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield, is due to present his report to GECOM, is expected to take place later on Saturday.

A three-member team from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which observed the recount process is also expected to submit a report to GECOM.

Both the ruling coalition, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the main opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) have claimed victory with the PPP/C saying that the recount has shown that it won the election by more than 15 000 votes, while the APNU has claimed that a number of irregularities and anomalies took place during the voting exercise and has called on GECOM to make a statement on the matter.

Granger, 74, told radio listeners that at every stage of the recount process he has abided by the Guyana Constitution, adding “I have paid attention to the courts and I have said that I will abide by the ruling of the Elections Commission”.

The recount of the ballots cast in the elections is a four-stage and Granger has described the public comments on the ongoing process as “reckless and premature”.

He said people are being misled into believing the process is over and called on everyone to allow GECOM to complete its work.

However, he noted that it is impossible to ignore that there is an abundance of evidence that certain elements have tried to use to manipulate the outcome of the elections.

“There are too many anomalies to be ignored. That is the reason for the recount, that is the reason why CARICOM is here, that is the reason we have had to wait over 100 days to get a report. We will continue to wait, we are patient because democracy must not be rushed, the people must be satisfied that the outcome is not fraudulent,” Granger said, adding that the report from CARICOM also has to be “considered”.

Granger has not brushed aside the idea of the elections being nullified staying “it is a possibility because of the large number of anomalies and irregularities”. (CMC)

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