The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used part of his press briefing today at the State Department in Washington to make it clear that the US continues to pay close attention to the electoral matters in Guyana.
Mr. Pompeo who is the most senior US official to comment on the issue said the US could roll out a series of consequences against the beneficiaries of electoral fraud.
According to Pompeo, “It is important to note that the individuals who seek to benefit from electoral fraud and form illegitimate governments, regimes will be subject to a variety of serious consequences from the United States”.
He did not offer details on the type of consequences but noted that the US supports CARICOM’s involvement in bringing closure to the issue and ensuring an accurate count.
The US has been issuing a number of statements since the 2nd March elections raising questions about the credibility of the elections and the need for a proper count and tabulation of the Region 4 votes.
Since Pompeo’s statement today, the Supreme Court in Guyana granted an interim injunction blocking the Guyana Elections Commission from going ahead with the recount based on an agreement between the President and the Opposition Leader.
The Guyana Elections Commission was also locked in meetings today looking at the possible legal ramifications of going ahead with a recount based on an agreement between the President and Opposition Leader.
GECOM’s own legal advisor has warned the Commission that any national recount based on the agreement between the two leaders would be unlawful.