Although there has been no official announcement about a recount of votes for Region Four, the Chairman of CARICOM, Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Mottley has announced that President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo have agreed to have a high-level independent team from CARICOM overlook the recount of ballots in Region 4.
The move follows a request by President David Granger.
“We believe that this is a giant step in being able to determine the will of the Guyanese people in the Election of March 2, 2020. It will also allow the electoral process to regain the confidence of all locally, regionally and internationally”, Prime Minister Mottley said in her release.
She said she had discussions with both President Granger and Mr. Jagdeo this morning and they have both committed to abide by the results of a fair and transparent recount of each and every ballot, as supervised by the CARICOM team.
She said there was also agreement that there needs to be steps taken to secure the integrity of the ballot boxes until the Recount takes place.
The Independent High Level Team will be chaired by Francine Baron, former Attorney General and Foreign Minister and comprise Mr. Anthony Boatswain, former Minister of Finance of Grenada and Ms. Cynthia Barrow-Giles, Senior Lecturer in Department of Government of UWI. They will also be accompanied by the two Chief Election Officers from Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.
Both President Granger and the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Jagdeo have agreed that the recount should commence once the Caricom team is on the ground.
“I can confirm that all efforts are being made to have the team in Guyana as soon as possible. A further announcement will be made as to the exact details once the team is on the ground”, the statement said.