Monday 26 October, 2020

PM Mottley wants no more loss of life over Guyana elections

CARICOM Chair Mia Mottley

CARICOM Chair Mia Mottley

CARICOM Chair upset as blood spills in Guyana during election process.

One teenager is today dead and CARICOM Chair, Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley wants nothing of this nature to repeat as votes are tallied to see the outcome of the recent elections.

In a statement issued this afternoon, Mottley said:

"It is critical that good sense prevails. The preservation of law and order is paramount, and all parties must work hard to ensure that there is peace on the roads and in the communities across Guyana. There has already been one death reported overnight. That is one death too many.

"In simple language, we ask the parties to recognise that the primary consideration must not only be who will be president but, more so, who will be alive come next week or next month, for there cannot be a tolerance for any further loss of life."

In reports, it was alleged that the Guyana Police Force said its ranks were forced to shoot the 18-year-old Seedat 'Devon' Hansraj after he and a group of men attacked them with cutlasses and other objects.

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Mottley said that at this juncture the Caribbean Community is appealing to the electoral officials in Guyana and the representative political parties to collaborate for the betterment of the country.

"Work together to achieve a peaceful and lawful completion of the electoral process in Guyana by ensuring the tabulation of the results in all Regions using the Statement of Polls in a transparent manner in the presence of the representatives of the political parties and the electoral observers," she urged.

CARICOM had previously issued a statement on Thursday night, and another was issued yesterday, Friday, March 6, from the Chief of the independent CARICOM Electoral Observation Team. Both statements called on GECOM - the Guyana Elections Commission to complete the electoral process.

"We are very clear — every vote must be made to count, and transparently so.

"We have noted that all sides have been making serious allegations against each other...

"... I have spoken to both the President and the Leader of the Opposition and indicated that CARICOM stands ready to be able to be there to facilitate further dialogue and any actions that are necessary.

"We have done this on many occasions in the past, including in Guyana, when elections have been highly contentious and when social order and the rule of law have been threatened across the region."

Once more she said that the countries of CARICOM must not be divided and communication will not breakdown: "We are family and this is what happens when there are disputes in families.

"We will work together to create the space for dialogue and resolution once there is an acceptance on the part of all parties that there is a higher interest beyond simply the result in this election."

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