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... Jagdeo welcomes Court of Appeal ruling

Published:Friday | July 31, 2020 | 12:22 AM


Leader of the main opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Bharrat Jagdeo, yesterday welcomed a ruling by Guyana’s Court of Appeal in which it upheld the decision which stated that the national vote recount is valid.

“We are pleased that the decision was unanimous in this regard,” Jagdeo said during a virtual briefing moments after the judgment was handed down.

In dismissing the appeal as being frivolous and vexatious, the Court of Appeal also upheld that the chief elections officer, as an employee of Guyana Elections Committee (GECOM), must do as he is told by the commission.

He said that even in the face of a 24-hour stay granted by the Court of Appeal, the GECOM must now move ahead with declaring the winner of the elections in keeping with the recount figures.

The recount shows the PPP winning the elections by over 15,000 votes.

“We were shocked to see how the court tolerated the nonsensical arguments that were proffered to justify the stay, and the court did not answer the question from Senior Counsel [Douglas] Mendes as to what precisely are you staying.”