The U.S based Carter Centre has confirmed that former US President Jimmy Carter will lead the group’s observer mission to Guyana for the May 11 elections.
In a statement the organization said the core team of experts will be joined this week by six medium-term observers, together representing nine countries.
The Center’s observers are expected to meet regularly with representatives of the Guyana Elections Commission, political party candidates, civil society organizations, the international community, and citizen election observers to assess electoral preparations and the pre-electoral environment, including election administration, campaigning, voter education, and other issues.
A larger delegation of election observers will arrive in May, led by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who will assess the voting, counting, and tabulation processes.
The carter centre has observed 4 elections in Guyana since 1992.
The former US President in a statement said “I look forward to leading our delegation to observe Guyana’s elections on May 11,” adding that “The Carter Center has a long history in Guyana and great respect for the Guyanese people. These will be the fourth elections we have observed there since 1992, and we trust they will be peaceful and inspire hope for the future.”
In a statement, the organization said that with the Guyana mission, The Carter Center reaches an important milestone: its 100th election observation. The first took place in Panama in 1989 during a hotly contested race that the Center declared fraudulent. Since then, the Center has observed elections in 38 countries.
“The Carter Center’s election observation mission is conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation and Code of Conduct that was commemorated at the United Nations in 2005 and has been endorsed by 49 election observation groups”, The Carter Centre said.
The Center assesses the electoral process based on Guyana’s national legal framework and its obligations for democratic elections contained in regional and international agreements.