Following the ruling handed down by Acting Chief Justice Roxanne George on Monday in the High Court, Attorney General Anil Nandlall said that it was predicted that the second petition filed by the Coalition would have been thrown out.
Nandlall during a program “Issues in the News” said even with the dismissal of both election petitions by the High Court, the APNU+AFC was still looking to put in their supporter’s minds, a false sense of confidence and misconceived expectations. “I predicted that because I participated in the recount process… Nothing was ambiguous. The attempts by APNU/AFC to rig elections through Mingo and later Lowenfield were self-evident. How you expect to present a case that that recount process was illegal?”
In her ruling, Justice George said that the March 02, 2020 election was conducted lawfully and there were no breaches, violations, or non-compliance with the laws of Guyana by the Guyana Election Commission (GECOM).
As a consequence of her decision, both Section 22 of the Election Laws (Amendment) Act and Order No. 60 of 2020 have been found to have been executed under the proper authority.
The Senior Council indicated that up to now, the APNU+AFC has refused and is refusing to disclose to the public and the world their statements of poll which they claimed they have won the elections upon. That itself should put to rest the issues regarding the credibility and authenticity of their claims.
However, Nandlall believes the ruling will go a far way in helping the country to improve on the electoral system.
In the Acting Chief Justice’s ruling the CEO and returning officer are among the persons contemplated by article 1 62:1B it is in this overall constitutional and legal context that the actions of GECOM to be assessed if they were no difficulties then the action of GECOM will be intra vires.
Nandlall during the program highlighted the fact that the Coalition invited the Caribbean Community to observe the National Recount and was addressed them as ‘duplicitous hypocrites’. “They stop Carter Centre from coming, they stopped the live recording during the recount, they removed cell phones from the centre, all of that they did because they do not want public scrutiny. If you are fair, transparent and have nothing to hide, why you blocking Carter Centre from coming back? But they said CARICOM must come to overlook the process. Well CARICOM did and the team said that the recount process was transparent and credible and that the results from that process must be used as the basis for the final declaration of results. When they produced their report, APNU/AFC cuss them out too,” he explained.
He said it was clear that the petitions had very little likelihood of success.
“Yet when they were filed, they had a big commotion in front of the High Court and announced to the whole world including their supporters that these are the petitions that will bring the PPP down…knowing full well that neither of them had any reasonable prospects of success”.
Furthermore, Opposition Leader in his remarks about the case said that the acting Chief Justice’s 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.
Harmon also described the CJ’s decision as “atrocious” and said that the coalition would mount an appeal.
However, Nandlall said he does not believe any appeal of the ruling will get far, and may only be further contributing to division in the country.