The filing of an injunction today to block the agreed recount exposes the duplicity of President David Granger, those around him and those within the APNU+AFC Coalition, says the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C).
The party said that it was Granger who called the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Chair, Barbados’ Prime Minister, Mia Mottley, to say he did not want to be sworn in based on disputed election results and requested a high-level CARICOM team to supervise a recount of the ballots.
The PPP, said that although it was skeptical of his intentions, it agreed to this, as a political solution to move our country forward and avoid negative consequences for the nation.
“The latest episode in this saga is having Ulita Moore, who was an APNU+AFC Coalition candidate, file an injunction to stop the recount,” the party said, accusing persons within the APNU+AFC of trying to undermine the commitment given by their party leader and Head of State.
The PPP/C is of the belief that the “the truth of the results” of the 2020 General and Regional Election results is in the ballot boxes. It believes this “is why the recount, specifically the recount of votes in Region 4, is being resisted”.
As recent as this morning, the United States of America’s Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, in comments about Guyana, during a news conference, said: “The United States is closely monitoring the tabulation of votes in Guyana; the election took place on March 2. We join the OAS, Commonwealth, the EU, CARICOM and other democratic partners in calling for an accurate count. We commend CARICOM’s role in seeking a swift democratic resolution. It is important to note that the individuals who seek to benefit from electoral fraud and to form illegitimate governments, regimes, will be subject to a variety of serious consequences from the United States.”
Should there be a swearing-in on the basis of fraudulent election results, the PPP/C said that it will treat Granger’s regime as “illegal and illegitimate” and will pursue the consequences addressed by Secretary Pompeo to the end, as well as sanctions for the members of the APNU+AFC Coalition, their families, their cronies, and their collaborators.
Meanwhile, the CARICOM high-level team is set to depart Guyana today.
The Independent High Level Team was headed by Francine Baron, former Attorney General and Foreign Minister and comprise Mr. Anthony Boatswain, former Minister of Finance of Grenada and Ms. Cynthia Barrow-Giles, Senior Lecturer in Department of Government of UWI. They will also be accompanied by the two Chief Elections Officers from Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.