Minority did not give prior notice for presentation of petition – EC

The Electoral Commission (EC) has denied allegations that it outrightly refused to receive the petition from the Minority Caucus in Parliament.

Explaining why no officials were available to recieve the petition, the commission said it was given too short a notice by the Minority.

“For the record, the Electoral Commission wishes to inform the General Public that it did not receive prior notice of the said presentation of the petition from the Minority Caucus,” it said in a statement.

“Indeed, the Electoral Commission later learned that the Minority in Parliament delivered the said letter informing the Electoral Commission of its intended presentation scheduled for today Tuesday the 22nd of December at 10:08 this morning.”

“The letter gives the start time of the said presentation as 10:00 am, giving the Commission no notice to receive the Minority Caucus given that the Chairperson and her senior team were not in the office,” the EC said.

Addressing the media during a presser earlier today, Tuesday, December 22, 2020, the Minority Leader in Parliament claimed the Chairperson of the commission refused to accept the caucus’ petition.

“We note that she refused to see or acknowledge us and contemptuously refused to receive a lawful and harmless petition that we seeking to provide. That also sets a good precedent for us that electoral representatives of the people can be ignored as she did us.”

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