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Main opposition dismisses injunction filed to halt Guyana election results declaration

Published:Thursday | June 18, 2020 | 3:18 PM
Former attorney general and executive member of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic in Guyana, Anil Nandlall - Contributed photo

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) - A senior official of the main opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic on Thursday dismissed as “a nuisance-value litigation” an injunction being sought by a citizen aimed at preventing the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) from declaring the results of the disputed March 2 regional and general elections.

Former attorney general and party executive member Anil Nandlall, in a statement, said the injunction being sought by Eslyn David “has absolutely no prospects of success".

“It raises no serious questions of law. It is absolutely frivolous and vexatious and will be dismissed,” he said.

“The nation’s important business cannot be stalled on the basis of such legal frivolity. It confirms APNU/AFC’s pandemonium. It is simply designed to stall and must be rejected by GECOM. The chairperson, an experienced former Court of Appeal judge, would clearly see it for what it is: specious, wholly without merit and an abuse of the process of the court,” he added.

The election commission is due to announce the results later today after its chair, retired justice Claudette Singh, receives a report from Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield.

This will pave the way for what political observers say will be the formal announcement of the elections, which the progressive party said that it won based on the national recount of votes that ended on June 9.

The ruling coalition, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), has said that the poll was filled with irregularities and wants it annulled.

The injunction being filed by David is also against Singh, Lowenfield and Attorney General Basil Williams.

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