The European Union has accepted an invitation by President David Granger for an Election Observer Mission to be sent to Guyana to observe the upcoming elections.
The core team of eight elections analysts is expected to arrive on Friday and will be joined by other observers from the EU in February. They will remain in Guyana until the completion of the electoral process.
In a statement today, the local EU Mission announced that Member of the European Parliament Urmas Paet, has been appointed as the Chief Observer.
The appointment wad made by EU High Representative and Vice-President Josep Borrell who is quoted in the statement as saying that “the European Union values its partnership with Guyana. The deployment of this Election Observation Mission confirms our commitment to support Guyana’s democratic processes. I am confident that the mission will contribute to ensure that the election is inclusive, credible and transparent All citizens of the country have their say in Guyana’s future.”
The Chief Observer, Urmas Paet, believes it is crucial for the European Union to accompany the upcoming elections in Guyana.
He said “I am confident that our observation mission will provide an important contribution as we wish to support transparent and inclusive elections and strengthen the institutions in Guyana. I would also like to encourage the people of Guyana to exercise their democratic right to vote.”
The mission has said it will issue a preliminary statement and hold a press conference in Georgetown shortly after the elections on March 2.
A final report, including recommendations for future electoral processes, will be presented at a later stage, after the finalisation of the electoral process.