Former United States President Jimmy Carter arrived in Guyana on Friday afternoon to lead the Carter Center Observer Mission for Monday’s general and regional elections.
Mr. Carter was greeted at the airport by Chargé d’Affaires at the US Embassy Bryan Hunt and other embassy staff.
“Carter is co-leading the Carter Center’s 100th election observation mission, which features a team of more than 50 observers and is co-led by Dames Audrey Glover of the United Kingdom and Billie Miller of Barbados,” the Center said in a release.
This is the Carter Center’s fourth election observer mission in Guyana and his arrival is welcomed by all political parties, the Guyana Elections Commission and other stakeholders along with the wider Guyanese society.
Carter himself is expected to hold a press briefing on Sunday.
ChargéHunt said the U.S embassy is satisfied with the level preparation by GECOM for the polls and its tabulation and subsequent declaration.
“From the prospective of the United States Government, the Guyana Elections Commission has done an excellent job in putting together the necessary logistical preparations” Hunt said.
Earlier this week the Carter Center declared that the upcoming elections are another important test for Guyanese and believes that at the end of what is anticipated to be a very competitive election; Guyanese may be reluctant to accept the results.
This reluctance, the Center said, will largely depend on the quality of the electoral process but whether this materializes or not the Center maintains it will be an important test for Guyana and its people.
The Center expressed deep concern too about divisive campaign rhetoric but believe the country’s electoral preparations are on track.
The Center has deployed six medium-term observers in mid-April to assess the political climate and electoral preparations. They will be joined by about 40 short-term observers who will be deployed across the nation.