Clairmont Mingo arrested over electoral fraud

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Clairmont Mingo being sworn in as Returning Officer for Region Four

Embattled Returning Officer Clairmont Mingo was this afternoon taken to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) for questioning in relation to electoral fraud.

Mingo, who was the Guyana Elections Commission’s Returning Officer for Region Four, has been accused of attempting to alter the results of the March 2 elections in favour of the APNU/AFC Coalition.

The Police Force, a few days ago, announced that it was investigating alleged criminal conduct by Mingo along with others including the Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield who is also currently facing private criminal fraud charges before the courts.

It was Mingo’s attempts to alter the results of the elections which led to the national recount exercise which ultimately proved the major differences in the figures being called by the RO compared to the actual numbers of votes cast.

The difference was noted by the Head of the Electoral Observation Mission of the Organisation of American States (OAS) in Guyana, Bruce Golding who had stated that he has never seen such a “transparent effort to alter the results of an election”.

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