The United States of America (USA) is looking forward to working with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and the election observer community to ensure that the recount of votes cast on March 2, is credible. This is according to U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.
Just recently, the way was cleared for GECOM to proceed with the process following the court action that was brought by a candidate of the governing party, the A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) to block the recount.
The court action was brought even after the incumbent President, David Granger and Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo agreed to have the process be undertaken with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) playing a “supervisory” role.
The CARICOM team pulled out after the court was approached to stop the recount.
Government-nominated Commissioner at GECOM, Vincent Alexander, said yesterday that the Commission has already agreed to have the team return to “validate” the process.
All of the international election observer missions have already departed Guyana.
Pompeo, in his address this morning said: “We would also like to commend Guyana’s High Court for clearing the way for a nationwide recount of that country’s recent national elections…We look forward to working with their Elections Commission and the international observer community to ensure that, that process is free, fair transparent and credible.”
His comments come weeks after he issued a stern warning about consequences for persons who look to benefit from electoral scam.
“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,” Pompeo said on March 17.