Thursday 16 July, 2020

Political Analyst: Current election deadlock not new to Guyana

The High Court of Guyana is expect to hear an injunction on the Region Four results that was brought by the PPP/C . Photo: Dillon De Shong

The High Court of Guyana is expect to hear an injunction on the Region Four results that was brought by the PPP/C . Photo: Dillon De Shong

The current political impasse in Guyana reflects the difficulty the country had since independence to have Regional and General elections that are acceptable to all.

That is the view of political analyst, Dr David Hinds who spoke with Loop News about the controversy that has seen the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) unable to declare a winner even though polls took place four days ago.

“There has been no election since 1964 that has been acceptable to both major political formations in the country,” Hinds said.

Hinds noted that all observers concluded that voting took place in a free and fair manner.

Representatives from both the ruling A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) and opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) almost came to blows, yesterday, after the Returning Officer for Region Four tried to declare the area using unverified results

There have been calls for Guyana to hold fresh elections and the PPP/C took the GECOM to court to prevent them from naming a winner.

Hinds is uncertain if this will take place saying: “Generally the courts don’t like to interfere in matters like that. If one goes by precedence, it is not likely that the court will grant such an injunction.”

He said the PPP/C will be forced to file an election petition but that could take years to come to an end.

Hinds added that it is important for Guyana to get things right because the country could face sanctions if its Government is not seen as legitimate by the international community.

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