Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon yesterday took aim at the country’s acting Chief Justice, Roxane George-Wiltshire, describing her dismissal of his party’s election petition as protecting a “corrupt status quo”.
“This decision is not about justice, this is not about the people of Guyana, this is not about what is right, this is not about democracy, this is not about you. It is about protecting the status quo – no matter how corrupt that status quo is,” Harmon said hours after the APNU+AFC’s second of two petitions was dismissed.
The Coalition had approached the High Court asking it to nullify the March 2, 2020 General and Regional Elections on the basis that it was fraudulently conducted.
The credible results of those elections which were arrived at after a national recount, was also challenged by the party. The Coalition argued in its petition that the recount, which it had agreed to, was not in keeping with the law and conflicted with the Representation of the People Act.
However, the CJ ruled that this was not so, and that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) was legally empowered to take any course of action that it deemed appropriate to arrive at a final credible result.
“The elections of March 2020 were flawed and fraudulent. The world knows this. The world has seen this. There was clear fraud. “We saw that as plain as day when the boxes were opened. Missing poll documents, dead people voting, people outside of Guyana recorded as voting, missing ballots, missing oaths of identity and a whole host of irregularities, discrepancies and wholesale fraud,” the Opposition Leader said yesterday.
But in its submission to the court, APNU+AFC lawyers did not advance the case of dead people voting neither did it argue that missing documents rendered the elections devoid of credibility. Instead, it focused on the recount and the legality of it.
Harmon also described the CJ’s decision as “atrocious” and said that the coalition would mount an appeal.
“Today democracy was stabbed in the heart in this fair land of ours. We must and will lodge an appeal against this atrocious decision of the High Court,” he said, adding that like many Guyanese, he feels disappointed and let down by the judiciary.
“…but I remain fortified that our hierarchy of courts will correct this clear injustice which has been wrought on the Guyanese people,” he noted.
A previous petition had been dismissed by the same court a few months ago.