Even as the ousted People’s Progressive Party is calling for a total recount and has declared that the recent national elections were fraudulent, the State Department of the United States has offered congratulations to the Guyana Elections Commission for hosting elections that were “free, fair and credible”.
In a statement out of the Washington Headquarters, Deputy Spokesperson for the State Department, Marie Harf said the US government commends “the Guyana Elections Commission for conducting a free, fair, and credible electoral process.”
She said moving forward, the US government urges all parties and their supporters to work together to focus their collective efforts on addressing the issues that are important to the Guyanese people, including economic development, citizen security, broader social inclusion, and the protection and effective management of the nation’s vast resources.
The US government reiterated earlier statements from the local embassy that it is looking forward to working with newly-elected President David Granger and all those who were also elected to office.
The US State Department has also extended its appreciation to former President Donald Ramotar and the members of his government for their service to the people of Guyana.
The State Department said President Ramotar is to be congratulated for the numerous achievements that his government made under his leadership.
The US, British and Canadian missions in Guyana have all declared that the elections were free, fair and credible. The Observer groups which overlooked the elections also offered the same assessment.
The People’s Progressive Party is however convinced that they may have all gotten it wrong and in a statement on Tuesday night, the PPP said the international community and the observers were all “duped” into believing that the elections were free and fair.
The PPP intends to file an elections petition to challenge the outcome of the elections.