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GUYANA | GECOM's CEO Keith Lowenfield to return to Court in October. Charges still stand.

  • Written by wiredja Newsdesk
  • Published in Justice
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GEORGETOWN, Guyana, September 12, 2020 – The private criminal charges filed by the ruling People’s Political Party and its allied New Movement Party by their attorney Glen Hanoman against Chief Elections Officer (CEO), Keith Lowenfield is yet to be withdrawn by the Director of Public Prosecution.

This is despite the failure of the prosecution to file the promised statements in relation to allegations of fraud charged against Lowenfield in the March elections, and has resulted  in the court case being delayed once again.

The  Attorney for the political parties, Glen Hanoman, has once again requested more time from the court to file additional statements in the case.

Although claiming that he would have been be filing hundreds of statements in the matter, when the case was called on Friday, he only filed three statements and requested a one month adjournment. The case will now continue in October.

The Attorneys for the Chief Election Officer are still awaiting the DPP’s response to their request for the matter to be withdrawn.

There was no representative from the DPP’s office in Court and the DPP has not made any recent pronouncement regarding the matter.

The charges filed by PPP Member Desmond Morian against the Chief Election Officer has been adjourned until October 26 when the trial is expected to commence. Morian is alleging that Lowenfield willfully misconducted himself in public office by ascertaining false results thereby breaching the public trust.

The trial into the charge laid by The New Movement is expected to commence on October 27.  The New Movement’s Candidate Josh Kanhai accuses the Chief Election Officer of allegedly conspiring with others unknown to commit fraud to alter the results of the elections.

The Private Charges against the Chief Election Officer were filed on the eve of the Caribbean Court of Justice hearing arguments in the case taken before it by the People’s Progressive Party.

In the compilation of his final election report, Lowenfield explained that he was guided by the Appeal Court’s decision in coming up with the result showing the valid and credible votes that were cast in the elections. He has defended his decision.

In July, Lowenfield was arrested and brought before Magistrate McGusty to answer to three private criminal charges brought against him for alleged fraud and misconduct. He was not required to enter a plea to the charges and was released on $450,000 bail.

The private charges stem from the Chief Election Officer's controversial decision to discard more than 115,000 tainted and invalid votes in his move to come up with a final valid count of the votes from the elections.

On advice of the DPP, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) launched a “comprehensive” investigation into the allegations of election fraud.

Private charges have also been filed against District Four Returning Officer Clairmont Mingo and two other workers from GECOM, as well as Personal Assistant to the Chief Elections Officer Duarte Hetsberger.

Private Charges were also brought against the Chair of the Elections Commission, retired Justice Claudette Singh, but this was discontinued by the Director of Public Prosecutions before the matter could reached the court.

  • Countries: Guyana