If the 2020 elections in Guyana, South America has put pressure on anyone, one of those persons is definitely the GECOM chairperson, Retired Justice Claudette Singh. Sandwiched between the supporters of the government and the supporters of the main opposition party, the PPP/C, Ms. Singh must tread cautiously, carefully deliberating every move.
While Mr. Granger has issued a statement that he will respect the declaration made by GECOM in the upcoming days, his narrative seems to be pushing for the declaration of a null and void elections. The outcome of the so called “mother of all elections” in Guyana now hangs in the balance with the deciding blow to be delivered by the chairperson of GECOM: Retired Justice Claudette Singh.
Needless to say, as they normally do to many others in a position of power, idle minds have been hurling harsh and derogatory comments against Ms. Singh via social media posts, comments and memes.
Today, 9th of June, 2020, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, leader of the main opposition party, the PPP/C, issued a statement urging PPP/C supporters and all others to desist from attacking Ms. Claudette Singh, noting that she has deliberately taken the steps necessary to facilitate the recount even under intense pressure.
The full statement reads:
I’ve noticed very harsh comments by supporters of the APNU+AFC and PPP/C directed at the Chairperson of GECOM, Justice Claudette Singh.
I wish to urge our supporters and well-wishers to refrain from ad hominem attacks against Justice Singh.
The last few months have been a difficult period where the Chair has had to contend with key elements within the Secretariat and the three APNU+AFC Commissioners, who are bent on undermining every effort aimed at producing a credible result which reflects the will of the electorate.
The recount could not have been completed without her leadership and steadfastness. The fact that she was present at the Arthur Chung Convention Center throughout the entire process is testimony to her commitment to ensuring its completion in keeping with the undertaking that she had given to the court.
When President Granger and I appointed Justice Singh we did so with knowledge of her personal and professional integrity.
The results of the recount show that the PPP won the March 2nd elections. We are now awaiting the official declaration.
I, therefore, call on you to exercise restraint as we await CEO Lowenfield’s expeditious submission of a tabulation of the certified recount results from the ten electoral districts together with a SUMMARY of the observation reports for each district to the Commission. The Commission will then meet and discuss this report consistent with its mandate, and the final results should be declared in accordance with the Order, on or before the 16th of June.
Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo – June 9, 2020