Vincent Alexander’s actions warrant immediate dismissal – Nandlall
Government-nominated Commissioner of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Vincent Alexander would have been dismissed from that post in any other part of the world for his advocating against a comparison of the Statements of Recount (SoRs) being generated by the national recount exercise of the March 2 ballots cast with the declarations made by Region Four Returning Officer (RO) Clairmont Mingo.
People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Executive Member Anil Nandlall on Monday lashed out at the reports by Alexander, insisting that “Mingo has committed the vilest fraud, electoral fraud over the past three decades in the Western Hemisphere”.
The former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister under the PPP/C Administration reminded that Mingo “is an agent of GECOM, he is a Returning Officer appointed by GECOM, he is carrying out directions of GECOM”.
According to Nandlall, the Region Four RO “is acting as an agent of GECOM perpetuating a rank fraud against the electorate of this country”.
Nandlall told reporters encamped at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC), “in any part of the world a commissioner saying something like that would have been dismissed immediately”.
The PPP Executive Member recalled that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Commissioner had also openly advocated for Mingo’s declaration to be retained and to be held in abeyance.
According to Nandlall, it is Alexander who is “embracing the fraud and that is quite unfortunate and the population should know that”.
He was adamant his party would “continue to expose all these irregularities and all these frauds that are being exposed and hopefully in the end, the electoral process would be vindicated”.
The Attorney used the occasion to also reiterate that political parties and observers had all said the process on polling day had been free and fair, “now all of a sudden, you are very well aware of the recently- launched orchestrated agenda by APNU/AFC to discredit polling day activities”.
Nandlall, in a quip over the APNU/AFC’s ‘Operation Eagle Eye’, said it was, in fact, now uncovering the fraud that was perpetrated by the Region Four RO and that “we are transmitting it to the public, so that they can see the fraud that is being perpetrated”.
Nandlall, one of the PPP/C’s party agents in the recount, revealed on Sunday that “today alone, several boxes that were counted vividly illustrated and demonstrated the fraud that Mingo perpetrated in those declarations. Today, in particular, several of the boxes that Mingo dealt with and produced false figures in that spreadsheet were today debunked by the actual ballots that were reckoned and counted. As we go deeper and deeper, every day Mingo’s fraud is going to be revealed and is being unravelled as the days progress”.
The Party has since been demanding that GECOM release the Statements of Poll that are in its possession and have those compared publicly against the SoRs being generated at the recount exercise and the declarations used by Mingo.
Speaking with members of the media on Monday, PPP/C GECOM Commissioner Sase Gunraj used the opportunity to remind that it was the APNU/AFC “that was protesting and making noise out there and insisting that the declarations of Mingo be accepted”.
Gunraj said supporters of the incumbent had demanded its presidential candidate be sworn in based on those declarations, adding “it is this very stakeholder that is now coming to raise issues about the process”.
The PPP Commissioner reminded too that, “on Election Day, you didn’t hear a big hullaballoo raised by any side about persons who are migrated or dead and were voting. You heard no allegations. We are two plus months into this process, almost two and a half months, and now you are hearing that”.
According to the Attorney, “in law, they call that a recent fabrication and the weight to be assigned or the weight to be put on recent fabrications is none, because it is highly questionable at most.”
He was adamant “doing that denigrates the process that they heralded as a free, fair and free from fear and credible and transparent on March 2”.