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CARICOM Leaders arrive in Guyana amid election Row

  • Written by Calvin G. Brown -Wiredja.com
  • Published in CARICOM
Featured CARICOM Chair Mia Mottley is greeted by President David Granger upon her team's arrival in Guyana today. CARICOM Chair Mia Mottley is greeted by President David Granger upon her team's arrival in Guyana today.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, March 11, 2020- CARICOM leaders have arrived in Guyana for a two-day visit. The visit comes at a time when a resolution is being sought following the impasse which resulted from the Monday 2nd 2020, General and Regional Elections in Guyana.

The delegation is being led by CARICOM Chair, Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley and includes Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley and Prime Minister of Dominica,  Roosevelt Skerrit.

The team arrived at about noon on Wednesday and was welcomed by President David Granger, Director General of the Office of the President, Joseph Harmon, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Karen Cummings among others.

The visiting CARICOM team will meet with representatives of the Commonwealth, Organisation of American States, European Union and Carter Centre Observer Missions, who have been in Guyana monitoring the conduct of the March 2nd elections.

The delegation will also meet with the leadership of all parties who contested the polls.

Last week, Mottley spoke to President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and told them that CARICOM stood ready to mediate as it has done in the past in many CARICOM states including Guyana.

Ms. Mottley, said "it is critical that good sense prevails." She said  "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.”

The opposition People’s Progressive Party has indicated that its statements of polls point to it securing a victory at the polls. The party has accused the Elections Commission of working along with the APNU+AFC coalition to carry out alleged fraud.

However, President David Granger says claims by the Opposition PPP that It has won the March 2 General and Regional elections based on its Statements of Poll for the contentious District Four, which includes the city of Georgetown are false.

"The Opposition is disseminating a narrative that is no more than a falsification of reality. It is completely at variance with the official declarations of the Elections Commission for the ten electoral districts," said Granger in a statement.


Last modified onWednesday, 11 March 2020 19:07
  • Countries: Guyana