Thursday 16 July, 2020

International observers call for transparent vote counting in Guyana

The international observer missions from the Commonwealth, Organization of American States, European Union and Carter Centre have called on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to provide a transparent environment for election results for Region Four to be announced. 

In a joint statement, the missions said: “The law requires that tabulation must be conducted in the presence of party agents and observers. Until this transparent process takes place, the counting of votes recorded for Region 4 remains incomplete.” 

They have asked for police officers to be present to provide a “calm and conducive environment.” 

“GECOM, including the chairperson, the commissioners, the chief election officer, the returning officer and deputy returning officers in Region 4, must be available and committed to establish the results for Region 4 in accordance with the law. Until this occurs, the result of these elections cannot be credibly declared,” the missions added. 

Representatives from the Government and opposition had a war of words yesterday after the Returning Officer (RO) for Region Four attempted to announce results even though tabulations were not completed.  

The People’s Progressive Party/Civic has obtained an injunction preventing the RO from declaring results. 

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