President David Granger, this afternoon, received a courtesy call from representatives of the Carter Center at State House, where he committed to act “decisively” when the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) signals its readiness to conduct General and Regional Elections.
President Granger was accompanied by Minister of Public Health, Ms. Volda Lawrence who last Friday led a ministerial delegation at a meeting with the Chair and Commissioners of GECOM, and Minister of State, Dawn Hastings-Williams.
The Carter Centre was represented by Ms. Brett Lacy, Associate Director of Democracy Programmes; Carlos Valenzuela, Senior Advisor and International Electoral Expert; Anne Marlborough, Legal Analyst; and Nicholas Jahr, Political Advisor.
The “courtesy call” comes days after the delegation met with Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo, who described the engagement as “productive”.
Jagdeo said, “We welcomed the meeting and we’re pleased that they’ve shown continued interest in the governance issues in Guyana, particularly free and fair elections. We also used the opportunity to outline our perspective on how matters are evolving.”
The Carter Center representatives over the last week also met with Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams, SC; and the Chair and Commissioners GECOM.