“Guyana remains a sovereign state governed by the rule of law and the APNU+AFC coalition government remains in place until a successor has been declared and sworn-in,” the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
The statement comes in light of the recent meeting between Guyana’s Ambassador to the United States of America, Dr. Riyad Insanally, met with the Acting United States Assistant Secretary of State, Michael Kozak who summoned him on Thursday.
Kozak advised Dr., Insanally, that Washington would not condone a new government being sworn in on the basis of flawed election results.
The ministry’s release further stated that the electoral process is not yet completed and no declaration has been made by GECOM, the independent body constitutionally mandated to conduct and manage, elections in Guyana.
The statement noted that General and Regional Elections were conducted according to the Constitution and Laws of Guyana on March 2, 2020.
“The electoral process is managed by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), an independent body, constitutionally mandated to conduct and manage, free, fair, and transparent elections…The executive branch of Government has never tried to influence, interfere with or instruct GECOM in any way,” the release stated.
The Foreign Ministry made it clear that President David Granger tried to get the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to conduct a national recount under the supervision of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) but that move was blocked by legal action. “The executive branch attempted, sincerely and in good faith, to find a way forward by inviting the CARICOM team to conduct a recount.
However, the Supreme Court has been approached and has intervened; its rulings, which are still being awaited, will be respected in accordance with the Constitution and Laws of Guyana.
The Ministry also made clear that there has been no break down in the rule of law in Guyana and noted that the role and work of all the invited Observers was appreciated by the government.
This is the first time that the Guyana government has officially reacted to weeks of criticism by the US, Britain, Canada, European Union, France as well as international observer missions that the March 2, 2020 general election results lacked transparency and credibility. The US and Britain in particular have repeatedly warned that Guyana faces “consequences”, including “isolation”, if a new government is sworn in without a recount of the votes.
The Foreign Ministry advised that “the electoral process is not yet completed and no declaration has been made by GECOM” and the APNU+AFC government remains in charge until a new government is sworn in. “The APNU+AFC coalition government remains in place until a successor would have been declared and sworn in in its stead,” government said.
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