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GUYANA | Granger Asks CARICOM to oversee a recount of Region 4 Votes

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Featured President David Granger, Chairperson of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Prime Minister of Barbados, the Right Honourable Mia Mottley, Prime Ministers Dr. Keith Rowley of Trinidad and Tobago, Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica, Keith Mitchell of Grenada (partially hidden) and Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque during today’s meeting. Also pictured, from first left are Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Vice-President and Minister of Public Security, Mr. Khemraj Ramjattan, Director General, Ministry of the Presidency, Mr. Joseph Harmon, Minister of State, Mrs. Dawn Hastings-Williams and Barbados’ Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Mr. Dale Marshall. President David Granger, Chairperson of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Prime Minister of Barbados, the Right Honourable Mia Mottley, Prime Ministers Dr. Keith Rowley of Trinidad and Tobago, Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica, Keith Mitchell of Grenada (partially hidden) and Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque during today’s meeting. Also pictured, from first left are Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Vice-President and Minister of Public Security, Mr. Khemraj Ramjattan, Director General, Ministry of the Presidency, Mr. Joseph Harmon, Minister of State, Mrs. Dawn Hastings-Williams and Barbados’ Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Mr. Dale Marshall.
GEORGETOWN,  Guyana, March 14, 2020 - A Caribbean Community ( CARICOM) team is preparing to travel to Guyana to supervise the recount of ballots in Region Four, after the controversial tabulation and declaration showed President David Granger is the winner.

Granger's invitation to CARICOM comes against the background of a threat by Diplomatic Representatives for the United States, Britain, Canada and the European Union (ABCE diplomats) who on Friday walked out of the Region Four vote tabulation process, issuing a dire threat to isolate Guyana, if a President is sworn-in upon what they consider as questionable results.

“We must be clear that in the absence of a credible process, as directed by the Honorable Chief Justice, it is our view that any results for Region 4 which will impact the overall results of the  March 2 elections will not be credible and a President sworn in on the basis of those results will not be considered legitimate," a joint statement from the ABCE Diplomats said.

Interest in Guyana by the United States, Britain, Canada and the European Union, has been heightened, ever since the country struck oil off its coast last year and is set to become a major player in the world's oil business.

The CARICOM team is expected to arrive in Guyana next week, to supervise the recount of ballots in Region Four, after the controversial tabulation and declaration showed President David Granger’s APNU+AFC party has emerged the winner over the Opposition PPP in the March 2 General and Regional Elections.

A media statement today from CARICOM Chair Mia Mottley said the request for CARICOM to oversee a recount of the ballots was made by President David Granger and agreed to by opposition leader Bharrat Jagdeo.

The CARICOM Chair is of the view that this is a major step that will allow for renewed confidence in Guyana’s electoral process.

caricom jagdeo meeting 460“I have spoken directly to both the President and the Leader of the Opposition and they have both committed to abiding by the results of a fair and transparent recount of each and every ballot, as supervised by the CARICOM team. We also agreed that there need to be steps taken to secure the integrity of the ballot boxes until the Recount takes place,” Mottley's statement said.

The team will be chaired by former Attorney General and Foreign Minister Francine Baron, and will comprise former Minister of Finance of Grenada Anthony Boatswain, and Giles, Senior Lecturer in Department of Government of the University of the West Indies, Cynthia Barrow. They will also be accompanied by the two Chief Election Officers from Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.

The release further stated that the recount will commence once the CARICOM team has arrived.

“I can confirm that all efforts are being made to have the team in Guyana as soon as possible.  A further announcement will be made as to the exact details once the team is on the ground,” the CARICOM Chairman underscored.

On March 12, a high-level team of CARICOM Prime Ministers met with the parties that contested the General and Regional Elections held on March 2 and several key stakeholders.

That team included CARICOM Chairman and Barbados Prime Minister, Hon, Mia Mottley and Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. Keith Mitchell, Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley and Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, March 14, 2020- An independent high level Caribbean Community  (CARICOM) team is expected to arrive in Guyana next week, to supervise the recount of ballots in Region Four, after the controversial tabulation and declaration showed President David Granger’s APNU+AFC party has emerged the winner over the Opposition PPP in the March 2 General and Regional Elections.

A media statement today from CARICOM Chair Mia Mottley said the request for CARICOM to oversee a recount of the ballots was made by President David Granger and agreed to by opposition leader Bharrat Jagdeo.

The CARICOM Chair is of the view that this is a major step that will allow for renewed confidence in Guyana’s electoral process.

“I have spoken directly to both the President and the Leader of the Opposition and they have both committed to abiding by the results of a fair and transparent recount of each and every ballot, as supervised by the CARICOM team. We also agreed that there need to be steps taken to secure the integrity of the ballot boxes until the Recount takes place,” the statement said.

The team will be chaired by former Attorney General and Foreign Minister Francine Baron, and will comprise former Minister of Finance of Grenada Anthony Boatswain, and Giles, Senior Lecturer in Department of Government of the University of the West Indies, Cynthia Barrow. They will also be accompanied by the two Chief Election Officers from Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.

The release further stated that the recount will commence once the CARICOM team has arrived.

“I can confirm that all efforts are being made to have the team in Guyana as soon as possible.  A further announcement will be made as to the exact details once the team is on the ground,” the CARICOM Chairman underscored.

On March 12, a high-level team of CARCIOM Prime Ministers met with the parties that contested the General and Regional Elections held on March 2 and several key stakeholders.

That team included CARICOM Chairman and Barbados Prime Minister, Hon, Mia Mottley and Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. Keith Mitchell, Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley and Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit.

President Granger in a recent interview, noted that one of the major outcomes of a meeting between himself, the delegation and the opposition leader was the agreement that GECOM) remains the constitutional body in the electoral process.

Last evening, the tabulation for district four was completed and saw the A Partnership for National Unity and AFC (APNU+AFC) winning both the General and Regional Elections and reclaiming government.

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