Quinn noted that Britain had always supported free and fair elections in Guyana, an equal member of the 53-nation Commonwealth body, he urged a speedy resolution to the political impasse, while the Court of Appeal was to pronounce on the way forward.
The British High Commissioner made his comments as he was addressed the opening of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Annual General Meeting in Georgetown.
“What I will say is that the clock is ticking following the no-confidence vote in December. A legal process is ongoing, I recognise that, but that clock has not been stayed. I therefore urge, indeed implore the political leadership of this country to get together and agree a constitutional way forward,” said Quinn.
“It is imperative this happens. If no way forward is found I fear there will be a further and more harmful impact on business and investment in Guyana. None of us in this room want that,” he said adding that “All political parties have a responsibility to act honestly and truthfully and to act for the betterment of every citizen – not their own pockets or to their own narrow interests. Politicians need to put the people first,” he said.
On Friday, March 22, The Court of Appeal will begin hearing oral arguments in relation to the Attorney General’s application for a stay and conservatory order of the High Court’s decision that Cabinet stood immediately resigned because the no-confidence motion was validly passed last December by a vote of 33 to 32.
Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo says he does not want to extend the election deadline beyond Thurday (March 21), unless President David Granger names an election date and uses the existing voters’ list that expires on April 30.
However, Granger-led coalition maintains that they have to be advised by the Guyana Elections Commission as to whether an election can be held within such a short timeframe.
The elections commissioners say they want to rid the list of dead persons and as a result, want to embark on a house-to-house registration to remove the names of deceased persons and emigrants before the next general elections.
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