Guyana: Ruling coalition changes tune on election declaration
Guyana’s electoral process may not end anytime soon as the ruling coalition hinted it will not accept any electoral declaration that includes fraudulent votes.
In a statement on Wednesday, the A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) coalition said it “is resolved to ensure that fraudulent votes cannot be factored in to represent the will of the electorate. Any attempt to include fraudulent votes in a ‘Declaration’ will constitute a violation of the Constitution and fundamental principles of democracy. We maintain that the Elections Commission can only make a ‘Declaration’ based on valid votes.”
This position by the coalition goes against previous statements by President David Granger, who gave a commitment that he’ll accept whatever decision the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) makes when a winner is announced.
The APNU+AFC stated it is committed to the judicial process as it highlighted a case bought by their party agent. Misenga Jones is seeking to have the Court of Appeal prevent the GECOM from using figures obtained during the national recount of votes to declare an election winner.
The coalition noted it is “open to dialogue with other political parties and stakeholders on the way forward for our country.”