Respect for the results of the national recount is Guyana’s only democratic solution, says OAS

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President David Granger (left) General Secretary of the OAS, Luis Almagro

By Caribbean News Global fav

WASHINGTON, USA – The Organization of American States (OAS) notes that the chief elections officer of Guyana, Keith Lowenfield, in direct opposition to the instructions of the chair of the Guyana Elections Commission, has submitted a final report which includes data compiled prior to the national recount; data which had already been deemed to be questionable.

Chief elections officer, Lowenfield, report to the elections commission shows a win for the APNU+AFC coalition at the March 2, general and regional elections. Justice Singh on Thursday wrote the Lowenfield, asking that he present a report by 14:00 hours on Friday, which would then lead to the declaration of a president. The report was delayed seeking further guidance and clarifications from the chairman, in light of the recent ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

The OAS reiterate that there can be no justification for this action. As intimated for the credible conclusion of the 2020 electoral process in Guyana, in its statement of July 10. “This confirms that the chief elections officer is acting in bad faith and contrary to the interest of democracy in Guyana.”

The OAS statement Saturday, July 11, stated, “ Let us be very clear – the only democratic solution for Guyana at this time is respect for the results of the national recount. No other figures – neither those prepared prior to the recount, nor those recently invalidated by the Caribbean Court of Justice, nor any others that may be unilaterally devised by the chief elections officer – can have any place in the final determination of results. A new electoral process is also an unacceptable solution.”

Article 1 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter states that “The peoples of the Americas have a right to democracy and their governments have an obligation to promote and defend it.”

The OAS general secretariat is expected to report to the OAS permanent council on these and other recent developments in Guyana, in the coming days affirmed, “It is past time that the current leaders of Guyana comply with their democratic responsibilities and allow the newly elected government to take its place.”

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