Ruling Party in Guyana Moving to Have Chief Elections Officer Dismissed

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The ruling People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) is moving to have the chief elections officer, Keith Lowenfield, his deputy, Roxanne Myers and the Returning Officer for Region Four, Clairmont Mingo, dismissed from their positions.

Keith LowenfieldKeith Lowenfield (File Photo)The PPP/C, through its commissioners on the Guyana Elections Commissioners (GECOM) has filed three motions calling for the “immediate dismissal” of the three officials based on the controversial March 2, 2020 regional and general elections that resulted in the removal of the coalition, A Partnership for National Unity and the Alliance for Change (APNY+AFC) administration.

No date has yet been set for the debate on the motion. Both the government and the opposition have three GECOM members each on the seven-member commission that is chaired by retired Justice Claudette Singh.

All three electoral officials are before the courts on charges arising out of the elections.

In the motion seeking to remove Lowenfield from office, the ruling party Commissioners argue that he “is currently facing criminal charges being prosecuted by the Guyana Police Force in respect of his numerous infractions of the law and regardless of the outcome of those charges” and as a result “the Commission must take all necessary steps and action…to restore and ensure impartiality, credibility, transparency, public confidence and public trust in its institution and its constitutional and statutory mandate”.

The three government GECOM commissioners in their motion also referred to the various court and other challenges to the declaration of the results of the elections and that Lowenfield in breach of his functions, duties, responsibilities and obligations, “failed and/or refused and/or neglected to ensure due adherence and compliance of the statutory process…by the Returning Officer for Election District Number 4, Clairmont Mingo….during the process of adding up the votes recorded in the Statements of Poll for the said District”.

The ruling party commissioners have filed almost identical reasons in respect of the other two election officials they are seeking to have removed.