Saturday 30 May, 2020

Guyana Elections: US, UK, EU and Canada question Region 4 results

UK High Commissioner Greg Quinn (left), US Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch, and EU Ambassador Fernando Ponz Canto sitting with to Indian High Commissioner to Guyana K.J. Srinivasa at a GECOM Media briefing on March 3,2020. Photo: Dillon De Shong

UK High Commissioner Greg Quinn (left), US Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch, and EU Ambassador Fernando Ponz Canto sitting with to Indian High Commissioner to Guyana K.J. Srinivasa at a GECOM Media briefing on March 3,2020. Photo: Dillon De Shong

The US, Canada, EU and UK have questioned the credibility of the Region 4 elections results published by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), today.

In a joint statement, US Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch, UK High Commissioner Greg Quinn, Canadian High Commissioner Lilian Chaterjee, and the EU Ambassador Fernando Ponz Canto said: “Based on our observation of today’s GECOM proceedings at their Region 4 office, and the fact that the full count was not completed, we question the credibility of the Region 4 results published by GECOM today.”

“We urge the Guyana Elections Commission, and all relevant actors, to expeditiously complete the tabulation on the basis of the statement of polls.”

They have called on “all Guyanese to remain calm and patient, and for all leaders to exercise responsibility and restraint.”

GECOM declared the ruling A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) the winners of Region 4 with 136,335 votes while the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) received 77,258 votes.

The results were released shortly after Returning Officer for Region 4 Clairmont Mingo was served with an injunction that prevented him from making a declaration.

The PPP/C were declared winners in 1,2,3,5,6 and 9 while the APNU+AFC won regions 4,7,8 and10.

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