The Government of Guyana is in the process of making changes to the Laws (the Representation of the People’s Act) to ensure chances of rigging elections are slim to non. The Country’s Attorney General, Anil Nandlall made the disclosure during a radio interview. The AG noted that consultations will also be held in this regard.
The move is in preparation to ensure that what obtained in the last elections, does not happen in the next. Agents of the Guyana Elections Commissions, affiliated to the APNU+AFC, tried desperately to rig the March 2, 2020 elections in favor of the party. Those persons are before the courts on electoral fraud charges.
According to the AG “I have already assembled a small unit which will be acting directly under my supervision. I have already instructed that they get up all the requisite pieces of legislation which in my humble view should form the basis of the review. When I have that together, I will hold consultations. And when I say me, I mean the People’s Progressive Party; I am only the instrumentality through which they will act.”
The AG outlined some of the changes that are expected. only Statements of Poll (SOP) must be used to tabulate elections results. During the last elections, tabulation of the results was done by way of a spread sheet. In Region 4, the Returning Officer, Clairmont Mingo used fictitious figures in favor of the Coalition APNU+AFC political party.
Further, SOPs must be posted, within twenty four hours, online by the Guyana Elections Commission and all political parties after receiving same. Biometrics may be introduced into the system. Nandlall noted that consequences will flow if breaches occur. The Guyana Elections Commission nor the APNU+AFC did not post their SOPs online or on National media for the country to see. The People’s Progressive Party took it upon themselves to publish their SOPs online.
The AG also wants that only an Elections Petition can invalidate a vote, not the Chief Elections Officer. Nandlall further stated that officials who commit electoral fraud, to be imprisoned for life. “So this is a fundamental cornerstone of our agenda in government…It is in our interest to protect this democracy. And we know other political parties, because of their track record, because of their incompetence, because of their corruption; they can only win by fraud. We have to strengthen our system to ensure that the fraud does not succeed,” the AG said.