Speaking at a State Department Press Briefing this morning, Pompeo not pointing to anyone in particular, said “It has now been four months since Guyana’s elections…it is long past due for a peaceful transition of power. CARICOM and the OAS have certified the recount results. They should get on with it. I have instructed my Department to ensure that those who undermine Guyana’s democracy are held accountable.”
While not naming anyone he believes may be undermining democracy in Guyana, Pompeo has been throwing words in the direction of the Coalition Government as well as the Guyana Elections Commission, which has the sole authority to declare and certify Guyana’s elections.
This is not the first time that the American Secretary of State has been threatening sanctions against any government sworn in on results that are not credible. He has never indicated how he or his government intends to determine credibility of elections in Guyana.
The declaration of the results of the elections in Guyana have been put on hold on a number of occasions following Court action and later an agreed recount and more Court action.
The Elections Commission is currently barred from making any declaration in relation to the March 2 election now before the Caribbean Court of Justice, Guyana’s highest Court.
In the meantime, President David Granger has once again indicated that he intends to abide by any declaration made by the Guyana Elections Commission in relation to the elections, pointing out that it is the Commission that has to do its work to bring the process to finality.
Speaking to reporters at State House this morning, Granger said: “The Executive branch of Government does not have a role in managing elections. That role is given under the Constitution exclusively and explicitly to the Elections Commission. I cannot claim victory, which I have not done, and I cannot concede defeat, which I have not done unless I am notified formally by the Chairman of the Elections Commission what the results of the elections of the 2nd March have been. I don’t know what the Elections Commission will declare,” the President said.
Tomorrow will mark four months since Guyanese went to the polls to elect a government and have been waiting on the final results of the elections.
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