Almost five month after Guyanese voted in general elections which resulted in a change in government, the United States government maintains that no concrete evidence exists to support claims of the elections being fraudulent.
The People’s Progressive Party which lost the elections after being in office for 23 years continues to complain that the elections were rigged. The party has since taken its concerns to the High Court in an election petition case.
But the new U.S Ambassador to Guyana Perry Holloway, on Monday, reiterated earlier pronouncements by the Embassy that the elections were free, fair and credible.
He said “we have seen a lot of information, a lot of statements but we have seen nothing concrete that one can prove or indicates that the elections were anything but free and fair and that is the position of the rest of the international community”
The Ambassador said although the U.S believes the May 2015 elections were free and fair, it remains open to evaluating any new evidence of fraud but maintains that the Embassy has “seen nothing to indicate that the elections weren’t free and fair.”
The PPP has accused the United States, Canadian and British Diplomats in Georgetown of interfering in the elections by making premature pronouncements about the elections before the final results were announced.
The missions have always made it clear that their pronouncements were based on their observance of the elections process.
Holloway said he was following the elections from Washington before his confirmation and he rejected claims that the U.S crossed the line.
He said he was personally involved in several electoral processes in more than 10 countries and maintains that the U.S stayed within its boundaries and the results reflected the will of the Guyanese people.
Meanwhile, the new envoy pledged support for the new government for the holding of Local Government Elections.
He could not say the extent of that support but indicated the U.S government’s interest in assisting with electronic tabulation.
Mr. Halloway wants to see the government set a date for those elections at the earliest possible time. (by Kurt Campbell for News Source)