The three-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Team has arrived in Guyana to oversee the recount of the votes cast in the March 2 General and Regional Elections.

The team is being led by Ms. Cynthia Barrow-Giles, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies (UWI), and includes Mr. John Jarvis, Commissioner of the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission and Mr. Sylvester King, Deputy Supervisor of Elections of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Ms. Barrow-Giles was a member of the High-Level Team which came to Guyana last March to participate in a scheduled recount which had to be aborted. The other members of that Team are unavailable for the present mission.  Both Mr. Jarvis and Mr. King participated in the CARICOM Electoral Observer Mission for the Elections held on 2 March 2020.

Upon arriving at the Eugene F. Corriea International Airport at about 3pm, the team was whisked away by two buses bearing diplomatic number plates.

The team did not speak to the media.

It is expected that the team will be briefed tomorrow by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). Meanwhile, the order to operationalise the recount has not yet been published. That order will entail the commencement date of the process.

The recount will be done at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown.

Chairperson of CARICOM, Barbados Prime Minister (PM) Mia Mottley, said yesterday that the recount must be completed credibly, transparently and without further delay.

Today marks 60 days since votes were cast.


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