Tuesday 7 July, 2020

High-level CARICOM team to supervise election recount in Guyana

CARICOM Chairman and Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley.

CARICOM Chairman and Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley.

An independent high-level team from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will supervise a recount of ballots for all regions in Guyana.

CARICOM Chairman and Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley made this announcement following a meeting with President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Saturday.

Mottley celebrated the achievement saying: “this is a giant step in being able to determine the will of the Guyanese people in the Election of March 2, 2020. It will also allow the electoral process to regain the confidence of all locally, regionally and internationally.”

“I have spoken directly to both the President and the Leader of the Opposition and they have both committed to abide 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 needs to be steps taken to secure the integrity of the ballot boxes until the Recount takes place.”

Former Dominican Attorney General and Foreign Minister Francine Baron will head the team.

The team will comprise of former Grenadian Finance Minister Anthony Boatswain, Senior Lecturer in Department of Government of the University of the West Indies Cynthia Barrow-Giles and two Chief Elections Officers from Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.

The recounts will begin as soon as the team arrives in Guyana and Mottley said all efforts are being made to have them in Georgetown as soon as possible.

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