CARICOM Chairperson says “forces” don’t want Guyana election votes counted

The Chairperson of the Caribbean Community (Caricom), Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley said Tuesday night that there is a deliberate effort to thwart the will of Guyana’s electorate by avoiding a total national recount of the votes cast at the March 2, 2020 general elections.

Hours after a Guyana High Court injunction blocked the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) from going ahead with a Caricom-supervised recount in keeping with an agreement by President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, Mottley cautioned that if the matter is unresolved, the government would be deemed illegal.

“It is clear that there are forces that do not want to see the votes recounted for whatever reason. Any Government which is sworn in without a credible and fully transparent vote count process would lack legitimacy,” the Caricom Chairman said.

The United States, Britain, Canada, European Union and France as well as election observer missions from the Carter Centre, Caribbean Community, Commonwealth, European Union and local organisations have all called for transparency in the tabulation of votes for Region Four, failing which Guyana could be isolated.

The latest salvo came from United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo who hailed Caricom for helping to find a political solution in Guyana. “It is important to note that the individuals who seek to benefit from electoral fraud and to form illegitimate governments, regimes, will be subject to a variety of serious consequences from the United States,” he said.

The Carciom high-level team, which arrived in Guyana on Sunday, March 15, never got down to work because of several bureaucratic and legal bottlenecks that on Tuesday ended with the High Court injunction. The team, under the chairmanship of Dominica’s former Foreign Minister and Attorney General Francine Baron, is expected to leave Guyana on Wednesday aboard a chartered aircraft.


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