Saturday 5 December, 2020

Guyana Elections: CARICOM recount observers to be tested for COVID-19

Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo. Photo: Office of the Prime Minister Guyana.

Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo. Photo: Office of the Prime Minister Guyana.

Guyana has agreed to allow members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) team, who will monitor the recount of votes from the March 2 Regional and General Elections, into the country without the need for them to go into a 14-day quarantine due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

But, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo said the observers will be tested for COVID-19 either in their home country or in Guyana.

Observers, who are tested in Guyana, must enter a 48-hour quarantine and while they await results.

Nagamootoo, who chairs the National COVID-19 Task Force (NCTF), said CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque had proposed the idea to President David Granger.

Yesterday, the task force held its weekly statutory meeting and they approved the proposal.

Nagamootoo has written to the Chairman of Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Claudette Singh and LaRocque to convey these decisions.

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