The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has declared that he has instructed his State Department to ensure that those persons undermining Guyana’s democracy are held accountable.
He did not name the persons he believes are undermining democracy in Guyana and neither did he indicate what form of accountability he may be considering. The statement was made this morning during a State Department press briefing in Washington as he complained about the long wait for the election results in Guyana.
“It has now been four months since Guyana’s elections…it is long past due for a peaceful transition of power. CARICOM and the OAS have certified the recount results. They should get on with it. I have instructed my Department to ensure that those who undermine Guyana’s democracy are held accountable”.
While CARICOM and the OAS were observers of the electoral process, the certification and declaration of election results in Guyana rests with the Guyana Elections Commission and that body only.
Pompeo has been threatening sanctions against any government sworn in on results that are not credible. He has never indicated how he or his government intends to determine credibility of elections in Guyana.
The declaration of the results of the elections in Guyana has been put on hold on a number of occasions following Court action and later an agreed recount and more Court action.
The Elections Commission is currently barred from making declarations at this time as another election matter is before the Caribbean Court of Justice which is Guyana’s highest Court.