The American Chamber of Commerce of Guyana (AMCHAM Guyana) is calling on President David Granger to immediately name a date for national elections, pointing out that it is supportive of the statement from the missions of the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Commission in Guyana.
In a statement this morning, AMCHAM said it has noted that prolonged periods of uncertainty can have dire consequences on business and investor confidence in Guyana, especially foreign investment.
“Guyana’s reputable standing within the International Community will be tested if democratic principles give way to partisan politics”, the Chamber noted.
In a separate statement, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce also called on the President to proclaim an elections date.
The GCCI said that given the GECOM Chairperson’s announcement that the Commission will be ready for elections by the end of May, it notes with concern that the country cannot continue to function without a cabinet and parliament.
Parliament has not been resolved.
But the GCCI said business cannot continue as usual under a caretaker government with limited legal authority.
“We call on the President to proclaim a date, not later than the earliest date suggested by the GECOM Chair, for the General Elections in accordance with his powers stipulated in Article 61 of the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana”, the GCCI noted.
The President has said that it is the Elections Commission that conducts elections and he will name a date when GECOM has indicated its readiness.