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GUYANA | CARICOM Leaders to visit Guyana on Wednesday over elections row

  • Written by Calvin G. Brown -Wiredja.com
  • Published in Politics
Featured Chair of the CARICOM Community, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley Chair of the CARICOM Community, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, March 10, 2020 - A delegation of regional leaders are expected to travel to Guyana on Wedesday, against the background of  political unrest in that counntry and an impending ruling from the Supreme Court on the verification of votes for Region 4, the country's most populous region.

A statement from CARICOM said Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley will lead a delegation of regional Prime Ministers on a special two-day mission to Guyana, starting tomorrow March 11.

The chairman of CARICOM will be joined by Prime Ministers Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica, Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines and Keith Mitchell of Grenada.
In an effort to ease tension in the country and assist in arriving at a resolution to the impasse that resulted from last Monday’s general elections, the delegation will meet with the leadership of all parties that contested the poll.
Additionally, the CARICOM heads will meet with representatives of the Commonwealth, Organisation of American States, European Union and Carter Centre observer missions that were in the country to monitor the conduct of the elections.

Last week, Mottley spoke to President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and told them that CARICOM stood ready to mediate as it has done in the past in many CARICOM states including Guyana.

Ms. Mottley, said "it is critical that good sense prevails." She said  "the Preservation of law and order is paramount and All parties must work hard to ensure that there is peace on the roads and in the communities across Guyana.”

The result of the election is tied up in the Guyana High Court after an injunction was filed on behalf of the main opposition People’s  Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) blocking the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) from officially declaring results.

Should the results that were declared before the injunction was filed for the disputed Region 4 stand, the ruling coalition A Partnership for National Unity plus the Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) would secure another term in office.

The opposition People’s Progressive Party has indicated that its statements of polls point to it security a victory at the polls. The party has accused the Elections Commission of working along with the APNU+AFC coalition to carry out alleged fraud.

President David Granger has dismissed the PPP’s allegations and said the party has continued to spread a falsification of reality.

Last modified onWednesday, 11 March 2020 08:10
  • Countries: Guyana