Tuesday 1 December, 2020

CARICOM pulls High Level Team out of Guyana

Caricom Chairman and Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley.

Caricom Chairman and Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley.

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Chairman Mia Mottley has announced that its independent High-Level Team was forced to withdraw from supervising the recount of ballots from Guyana’s Regional and General Elections, which took place on March 2.

Both President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had agreed to the recount following a meeting with a Prime Ministerial delegation on March 14 in Georgetown.

Mottley praised the agreement as “a significant contribution to bolstering the transparency and legitimacy of the electoral process.”

However, the recounting process was halted on Tuesday after High Court Judge Justice Franklyn Holder granted an injunction to Ulita Moore, who was a candidate for the ruling A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) coalition in the disputed elections.

The injunction sets aside any agreement between the President of Guyana and the Leader of the Opposition and or any agreement between the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and CARICOM.

Mottley said: “It is clear that there are forces that do not want to see the votes recounted for whatever reason. Any Government which is sworn in without a credible and fully transparent vote count process would lack legitimacy.”

She thanked the High-Level Team that was led by former Dominican Attorney General and Foreign Minister Francine Baron for their service.

Mottley, who is also the Prime Minister of Barbados, called for good sense to prevail and said CARICOM is committed to the people of Guyana.

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