Watch: CARICOM Chairman blasts Guyanese Electoral Official
Caricom Chairman Mia Mottley
Caribbean Community Chairman Mia Mottley has expressed the trade bloc’s dissatisfaction with the political “gamesmanship” currently taking place in Guyana as citizens continue to wait for a winner of the Regional and General Elections to be announced.
Mottley decried yesterday’s attempts by Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield to declare the election after he removed over 115,000 votes from the People’s Progressive Party/Civic’s tally on the grounds that they were fraudulent.
“These numbers, and the certification of them, were witnessed by our CARICOM observer team. The CARICOM Observer team were of the unshakeable belief that people of Guyana expressed their will at the ballot box on March 2 and that the results of the recount, certified as valid by the staff of the election commission, led to an orderly conclusion of which the declaration of the results of the elections could and would be made,” Mottley said.
Mottley, who is also the Prime Minister of Barbados, has asked for Lowenfield to explain “what grounds and by what form of executive fiat” he used to invalidate votes.
She noted that Guyana’s electoral laws state clearly that matters of electoral fraud should be raised before the court in an election petition.
The CARICOM Chairman said Guyana’s electoral impasse “is definitely NOT our finest hour and we MUST NOT shy away from that reality.”
Mottley expressed CARICOM’s commitment to ensure the electoral process comes to a credible end.