Amid mounting international pressure to end “political uncertainty”, President David Granger at midnight Monday proclaimed that March 2, 2020 as the date for general and regional council elections.
“The President, by the power vested in him by Article 61 of the Constitution of Guyana, to by proclamation, appoint the day for an election under Article 60 (2) appoints 2nd March 2020 as the day on which an election of members of the National Assembly shall be held,” Granger said in a statement issued by the Ministry of the Presidency.
His proclamation came less than one week after the 34-nation Organisation of American States (OAS) called on the President to comply with Guyana’s constitution and officially name the date.
Previously, on September 25, the President had merely announced that March 2, 2020 would be the earliest date for holding general elections, based on the Guyana Elections Commission’s readiness.
After that had raised suspicions in some quarters that Granger did not name a date definitively, he told reporters the next day that March 2, 2020 would be the date even if the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) does not return to the National Assembly to allow for a two-thirds approval of the extension of the life of the government.
Patricia Scotland, Secretary General of the Commonwealth of Britain and her former colonies had also last month called on Granger to restore constitutional rule in Guyana by immediately setting an early election date “in consonance with the constitution” so that overdue elections could be held.
Granger’s announcement came shortly before the Guyana Elections Commission begins the Claims and Objections period for persons to register or object to the presence of names on the list.