US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this morning announced that the US State Department was going to move ahead with visa sanctions against persons the US considers to be undermining democracy in Guyana as the country awaits the final results of the elections.
Pompeo did not provide any names but said the family members of those persons could also face similar sanctions.
“Today I am announcing visa restrictions on individuals responsible for or complicit in undermining democracy in Guyana. Immediate family members of such persons may also be subject to such restrictions,” Pompeo said during a State Department media briefing.
Pompeo said the Granger administration “must respect the results of the elections and step aside”
The US has been threatening sanctions since the 2nd March elections following the declaration by the Region Four Returning Officer.
That issue led to a recount of votes and there have been several Court cases since then that have essentially stalled the Elections Commission from moving ahead with a declaration of the final results.
This morning, a case management conference for another election case took place as there is another challenge against the declaration of results.
The Elections Commission has given an undertaking not to move ahead with any declaration until the determination of the matter.