With its observer unable to travel to Guyana today aboard an Eastern Airlines flight that came to Guyana to ferry out US Citizens, the Carter Center’s accredited observation mission said it remains committed to providing an independent observation of Guyana’s electoral process, including the upcoming recount.
In a statement on its website, the Carter Center said it deployed an observer to Miami who was prepared to travel to Georgetown today, but his flight was denied approval to carry international election observers.
The Carter Center said it continues to reach out to government officials to understand what is required to allow Center staff to return to Guyana to observe the recount process.
The recount process is set to begin on Wednesday. Other international and local observers already in Guyana along with the CARICOM high-level team will be part of the recount.
The US Embassy on Sunday confirmed that it had made a request for the return of the Carter Center representative aboard a flight that was heading to Guyana. While approval was given for the flight, no approval was given for it to bring in any passengers.
The US and Canadian Governments along with the UN and a number of local groups have been calling for the Carter Center to be allowed to have its representative return for the recount.
The Government of Guyana has made no statement on the issue so far.