Guyana: no hay resultados a ocho días de las elecciones y la oposición afirma que el presidente “no podrá escapar de la responsabilidad”
Guyana prolonga declaratoria final de elecciones generales
Guyana prolonga hoy la declaratoria final de elecciones generales en medio de la tabulación de los resultados en todo el país y con la participación de los partidos políticos.
De acuerdo con el Departamento de Información, el presidente David Granger instó a los guyaneses a mantener la calma y a no protagonizar actividades que contribuyan a la tensión en la nación.
A una semana de los comicios, Granger, a nombre de la Asociación para la Unidad Nacional y la Alianza para el Cambio reconoció la incertidumbre y el malestar ante la falta de una declaración final.
El Jefe de Estado culpó al opositor Partido Popular Progresista (PPP) de crear una atmósfera de intimidación y miedo en la oficina del Oficial de Regreso del Distrito Número Cuatro que llevó a la interrupción del trabajo de la Comisión Electoral de Guyana (Gecom)’.
Sobre este aspecto, Granger manifestó que la Gecom es una agencia constitucional independiente y como Presidente, no puede, interferir en su trabajo.
El PPP sostendrá en esta jornada un intercambio con la Corte Suprema para evitar que Gecom realice una declaración de los resultados finales de los comicios del 2 de marzo último.
Por su parte, el Centro Internacional para la Democracia llamó a la Comisión Electoral a reanudar el proceso de verificación de tabulación de encuestas en la Región Cuatro, a fin de un proceso justo y creíble.
La presidenta de la Comunidad del Caribe (Caricom) y primera ministra de Barbados, Mia Mottley, instó a todas las partes interesadas a garantizar la ‘tabulación de los resultados en todas las regiones utilizando la Declaración de Encuestas de manera transparente’.
Mottley dialogó con los principales contendientes en las elecciones, el presidente Granger y con el líder de la oposición Bharrat Jagdeo, a quienes manifestó que Caricom está lista para facilitar un mayor diálogo y cualquier acción que sea necesaria.
Igualmente, el primer ministro de Antigua y Barbuda, Gaston Browne, pidió calma y una resolución amigable sin interferencia externa en los asuntos internos de Guyana.
‘No attempt by Granger to whitewash what occurred will succeed’ – PPP
The Peoples Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) last evening praised the work the political parties, local and international observers and members of the local diplomatic corps in helping to uncover blatant attempts to tamper with the Region 4 results of last Monday’s polls, stating that “no attempt by APNU/AFC coalition’s David Granger to whitewash what occurred will succeed”.
See full People’s Progressive Party statement below:
The statement made by the APNU/AFC coalition’s David Granger is unsurprisingly typical of what Guyanese have come to expect from him – claims about upholding the rule of law, when the Judiciary has found him in violation of the Constitution and laws more times than any other president in the history of Guyana; and attempts to cast blame on the People’s Progressive Party (PPP).
The PPP wishes to stress that this is one time Mr Granger will not be able to escape accountability. The events of last week occurred in full view of Guyanese; members of the diplomatic community; and international observers from the European Union, the Commonwealth, Organisation of American States, CARICOM and the Carter Center.
It was Mr Granger who embraced a fraudulent declaration from the Region Four Returning Officer. It was Mr Granger who claimed victory even before the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) made a final declaration. It was Mr Granger who was in a haste to have himself sworn in as President.
Thankfully, social media, the vigilance of political parties and the presence of local and international observers, as well as members of the local diplomatic corps, made clear the facts of what took place at the GECOM Command Center, on High and Hadfield Streets. No attempt by Mr Granger to whitewash what occurred will succeed.
While Mr Granger tries to cast blame on the PPP for what he calls an “interruption” of GECOM’s work, the fact of the matter is that the verification process was running smoothly and hundreds of Statements of Poll were verified, before a spreadsheet, with substantial variations in favour of the Coalition, was introduced into the process. What Mr Granger calls an interruption of the work of GECOM was, in fact, vociferous protests by all the political parties – all of which called for the use of the spreadsheet to be discontinued and for there to be a return to verification of results for Region 4 using the Statements of Poll, as is required by law. It is public knowledge that the Chief Elections Officer, only after vocal protests, assured all the political parties – in the presence of the international observers and members of the diplomatic corps – that the verification process would recommence and be completed, in accordance with the law, using the Statements of Poll. The process recommenced and was going well, until the Chair of GECOM stopped it on the basis of ‘compassionate’ grounds for GECOM staffers. It is also public knowledge that within hours thereafter, without resuming the verification process, a fraudulent declaration was made by the Region 4 Returning Officer.
The only party guilty of a falsification of reality is the one Mr Granger leads.
Instead of peddling rhetoric, Mr Granger should answer the Guyanese people on a few critical questions:
1 – Why is the signature of Volda Lawrence, the Chairperson of his party, the PNCR, affixed to the declaration of the Region 4 Returning Officer, when the declarations of the other 9 Regions only have the stamp and signature of the Returning Officers of those areas?
2 – Why was Amna Ally, the General Secretary of his party, the PNCR, visiting the GECOM Chairperson at her home, when the Chair is unavailable to her international advisors, members of the international election observer missions and the political parties?
3 – Why was the GECOM lawyer, Neil Boston, being openly assisted by Roysdale Forde and Darren Wade, two APNU+AFC candidates?
4 – Why was the Region 4 Returning Officer, Clairmont Mingo, after he made the fraudulent declaration, escorted from the GECOM Command Center by six ranks of the Guyana Police Force, and has not been seen or available to any stakeholders in the electoral process, since?
5 – Why did his former Foreign Affairs Minister, Karen Cummings, threaten to revoke the accreditation of members of the international Election Observer Missions?
6 – Why are his other former Minister, Cathy Hughes and others, peddling falsehoods about Russians hacking into our electoral system, when that system is a manual system?
7 – Why the fear about returning to verification of the election results Statement of Poll by Statement of Poll, and/or a recount, if there is such confidence in an electoral victory?
Why should, we, the people of Guyana, believe Granger and his cronies when the world – the international election observers, individual countries, all the political parties, among other stakeholders – have said that the declaration of results for Region 4 is fraudulent? Why are Mr Granger and his cronies the only ones standing on the other side? Who should be believed?
The People’s Progressive Party maintains that there must be a return to the process of verifying the results of the March 2, 2020 General and Regional Elections for Region 4, using the Statements of Polls, as required by law, and/or a recount of the ballots cast. This is the only process that will deliver free and fair elections and ensure that the will of the Guyanese people is not subverted.
PM Mia Mottley going to Guyana tomorrow
Prime Minister Mia Mottley will be leading a delegation of regional leaders to Guyana tomorrow.
She will be going to the South American country in her capacity as head of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
Mottley made the announcement this afternoon during a national address from the Hilton Barbados where the Social Partnership met to discuss COVID-19.
Guyana held regional and national elections last Monday, but no winner has been declared.
Instead, the matter is tied up in a Guyana High Court after an injunction was filed by a supporter of the main opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) to block the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) from declaring results.
Should the declared results from the disputed Region 4 stand, the ruling coalition A Partnership for National Unity plus the Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) would secure another term in office.
There has been some unrest in the streets of Guyana, and last Saturday, Mottley issued a statement urging all parties to come together for a peaceful solution.