Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Commissioner Sase Gunraj has debunked claims by the APNU+AFC that only a small number of persons whose names were listed on documents alleging voter fraud were verified.
The letter dated September 20, 2022, written by APNU+AFC’s Chief Scrutineer Carol Smith Joseph, stated – “We are aware that only a small number of our submissions was forwarded to the Guyana Police Force (the Immigration Office) for verification.”
Smith further requested that all documents submitted by the then Opposition be forwarded by GECOM to the GPF and General Register for verification.
“I reject this because all that was received was, in fact, sent by the commission to those relevant statutory agencies for verification,” Gunraj said in response on Wednesday.
According to the Commissioner, these persons are trying to cover their ‘bases’ as their attempt to rig the March 2 General and Region Elections is being “unravelled.”
“Now it is clear that what is happening here is that the fear is palpable, the fear on the part of the persons who made that naked attempt to rig those elections, the fear is now palpable,” the Commissioner.
“As a commissioner, I sat there in 2020, I know what we received, I know I have received those documentation again from the commission, and it coincides,” he added.
Attorney General Anil Nandlall, on August 30, wrote to the Chairperson of the elections commission, Retired Justice Claudette Singh, requesting the release of documents that reportedly showed dead people and persons who were overseas on Election Day voted at the 2020 General and Regional Elections.
Opposition Commissioners Vincent Alexander, Desmond Trotman, and Charles Corbin strongly objected to its release.
However, the Chair voted in favour of disclosing the documents supplied by the Opposition alleging voter fraud.