In a statement supporting CARICOM’s assessment of the Guyana vote recount as acceptable, Commonwealth Secretary-General Patrica Scotland urged acceptance of the recount and for it to be used to declare the results of the elections.
The Commonwealth Group is made up of 54 nations and fielded one of the large Observer Missions for the Guyana elections.
The Secretary-General said the CARICOM Observer report is clear that the recount results are completely acceptable and that nothing that the CARICOM Observers witnessed warrants a challenge to the inescapable conclusion that the recount results are acceptable and should constitute the basis of the declaration of the results of the 2 March elections.
She added that President Granger and the Leader of the Opposition demonstrated commendable leadership when they agreed to the recount and committed to respect and adhere to the recount results.
” This continued leadership and commitment is needed now more than ever. The people of Guyana have been patient and deserve finality as determined by the recount results”, Scotland said.
The Commonwealth, the Secretary-General noted, continues to stand with Guyana and urge the leaders and the people of Guyana to live up to “the lofty aspirations set out in your constitution, your electoral laws, and the Commonwealth Charter”.
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