Court Blocks Fraudulent Declaration of Election Results

The judge ruled that the court will review and analyze the case put forth the PPP before allowing GECOM, which are controlled by ANPU, to announce fraudulent election results. Region 4 is the largest of the ten regions in Guyana. It lists 285,618 registered voters out of a total voter base of 660,998.

The PPP’s lawyers, including former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, argue that GECOM must tally the actual certified votes – as recorded in the election night SOPs – and cannot legally or constitutionally declare the results of the elections through a fraudulent “spreadsheet” manufactured by APNU operatives.

Mia Mottley, the Prime Minister of Barbados and the president of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), has insisted that the verification process of Region 4 be completed in the presence of all political parties, as well as the various election observers. Mottley repeated her calls to GECOM to complete the electoral process, which was shut down by Lowenfield and Mingo, who then issued fraudulent results.

Former Guyana President Bharrat Jagdeo denounced Granger’s actions as “a fraud” and the “actions of a dictator” attempting to conduct “a coup.” Leaders in Guyana - and the U.S. State Department - have warned APNU that its leaders will face international sanction if they try to take office on the attempted fraud.

Guyana is a newly oil-rich nation – oil began pumping last month – after huge oil offshore discoveries by Exxon and Hess. Guyana’s GNP is expected to grow by 85 percent this year, and over 400 percent over the next five years. Sanctions include the offshore oil rigs being guarded by foreign naval powers (Guyana has no navy), with all the oil revenues being placed in Trust, until the democratically-elected PPP government takes office.

The national elections took place after Granger’s party was toppled by a motion of no confidence, which passed the National Assembly by a vote of 33 to 32 in December 2018. The successful no confidence measure, the first in the history of Guyana, was put forth by the PPP, which charged Granger’s government with mismanagement of the country’s oil resources, ethnic cleansing of the Indian-Guyanese population, and a crime wave that exploded after APNU took power in 2015. Charrandas Persaud, a member of a small coalition partner of APNU, switched his support for the Motion of Non-Confidence, calling the early elections.

Granger defied that non-confidence motion and delayed the mandated election by 13 months – until ordered to by the Caribbean Court of Justice – Guyana’s ultimate Supreme Court.