OAS calls de facto Guyanese Government to step down
The Organisation of American States (OAS) General Secretariat will report the continued efforts of Guyanese electoral officers to thwart the declaration of credible results from the country’s March 2 Regional and General Elections to its General Council.
This decision by the OAS comes after chief elections officer Keith Lowenfield presented the Guyana Elections Commission yesterday with a report that showed the ruling A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) won the polls.
However, data from the recently completed National Recount of Votes showed the opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) won with over 233,000 votes.
“There can be no justification for this action,” the OAS said.
“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.”
The OAS highlighted Article 1 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter that states: “The peoples of the Americas have a right to democracy and their governments have an obligation to promote and defend it,” as it called for Guyana’s de facto Government to allow a new administration to take office.