President David Granger today met and held talks with members of the OAS Observer Mission, which is being led by Former Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding.
According to a statement from the President’s Office, he told the officials that the elections were orderly and reminded them that the Elections Commission is an independent and constitutional body and he will not interfere in its work.
He assured the observer mission that like all of Guyana, he is awaiting the ruling of the court and ultimately, the declaration by the Elections Commission, the statement said.
President Granger told the OAS representatives today that it would be improper and unlawful for him to interfere in the work of the Commission.”It would be unlawful. I have no role to play. The matter is before the Chief Justice and I will await the ruling of the Chief Justice,” President Granger said.
The President also condemned the levels of violence meted out to school children, villagers and the police as well as the destruction of property in Berbice during protests by supporters of the PPP on Friday.
Chief Justice Roxanne George this afternoon ruled that the Court has jurisdiction to hear a matter before it on whether the Returning Officer should go back to complete the verification of Region Four votes before a final declaration is made by the Chief Elections Officer.
The matter will come up on Tuesday afternoon.