law and complaints from the coalition
would basically have to be dealt with
in a petition to the court system.
But even as Granger and his team
sat down for a series of emergency
meetings on Wednesday, the PPP was
in celebratory mood, simply awaiting
Lowenfield’s final tabulation of valid
votes cast for things to move forward.
The party expects that it would not
only be declared the winner with a
controversial vote lead of about 16,000
votes, but also that former housing
minister Irfaan Ali would be sworn in
as the country’s ninth president in a
matter of days. If the PPP’s election
is confirmed, Ali at 40 would be the
second youngest ever Guyanese head
of state after mentor and former president
Bharrat Jagdeo at 35 in 1999.
At that time, Jagdeo was among the
youngest in the world.
At the weekend, Lowenfield had
submitted his mandatory report on
the elections, reporting that the Caricom
monitored exercise was so riddled
with various acts of fraud that he was
unable to pronounce it as accurate and
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He alluded to 47 ballot boxes on the
east coast that had contained more
than 11,000 votes for the PPP and
not a single one else for any of the
other parties who were in the race for
Guyana’s looming oil and gas riches.
The boxes were also bereft of any of
the mandatory poll documents including
the list of electors and poll box
recording the voting activities, only
votes. The coalition is demanding that
these be scrubbed from the tabulation
as well as similar anomalies found
in all 10 electoral districts. If this is
done, the coalition would get a second
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vociferously added their voices to calls
for justice for George Floyd, Breona
Taylor and other victims of police
Protests have intensified and continued
since the May 25 death of
George Floyd, a Black man who died
in police custody in Minneapolis after
a white police officer kneed on Floyd’s
neck for nearly nine minutes.
Jamaican-born Assemblyman Nick
Perry, fresh off an active and successful
week in Albany – where three of
the 10 major police reform laws signed
last week into law by Gov. Andrew
Cuomo were introduced and sponsored
by Perry – joined the ebullient
crowd at Grand Army Plaza in calls for
justice and reform.
“It was a remarkable sight to see
so many Caribbean-Americans of all
ages gathered at Grand Army Plaza
and in one voice call for justice and
reform,” Perry, who represents the
58th Assembly District in Brooklyn,
told Caribbean Life.
“No longer can we allow room to
hide behind the blue wall of silence
for any police officer who lacks the
moral compass to serve and protect
our community, and is not living up
to his oath to serve and protect our
communities,” said Perry, one of the
featured speakers at the rally.
While addressing the crowd, Perry
briefly outlined the three police
reform bills he sponsored and were
signed into law.
Perry’s “Special Prosecutor Bill”
establishes a special prosecutor’s unit
with the New York State Attorney
General’s office to investigate and
potentially prosecute incidents when
a person dies in custody or after an
encounter with a police officer.
His “Right to Monitor Act” codifies
into law the right of an individual
to record law enforcement activity in
New York State, and to maintain custody
of that recording and any device
used to make the recording.
Another new law requires police
officers to report, verbally to their
supervisor, whenever they have to discharge
their weapon in a manner that
an individual could have been struck
by a bullet. That report has to come
within six hours.
Perry urged rally participants to
continue their advocacy, noting that
the protests of the previous weeks
were instrumental in getting the Legislature
in Albany to act and pass
these bills into law.
He said he looked forward to returning
soon to Albany to pass more bills
he has sponsored, including efforts
to set new use of force standards by
police, increased oversight on prosecutors
and a mechanism to remove
bad police officers from the streets.
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Irfaan Ali, presidential candidate for
Guyana’s opposition People’s Progressive
Party, meets with supporters,
ahead of the March 2 presidential
election, in Georgetown, Guyana,
Jan. 18, 2020. Picture taken Jan. 18,
2020. REUTERS/Luc Cohen/File Photo
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