The A Partnership for National Unity + the Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC), which makes up the government, is calling on the diplomatic community to revoke the visas of persons from the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), who are being exposed as the “true riggers of the elections.”
In a strongly worded statement released last evening, APNU+AFC specifically called on diplomats of the United States of America, Great Britain, Canada and the European Union, collectively known as the ABCEU countries, to begin addressing their minds in that regard.
The Coalition party labelled those in the PPP camp as being exposed as the true riggers of the March 02, 2020 General and Regional Elections, for which more than two months later a final result has not been declared by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).
The party’s basis for requesting the revocation of visas has to do with the case where persons who have long migrated from Guyana are listed as having voted.
“Many of these persons live in and are citizens of ABCE countries,” the APNU+AFC pointed out.
Since the commencement of the national recount of all ballots, APNU+AFC party agents pointed to instances of the dead or persons who have migrated, voting in the elections.
Last evening during a media briefing, Public Relations Officer of GECOM, Yolanda Ward explained that the Commission has directed its staffers to use cautious language such as “alleged” when referring to these claims being made by the parties.
Last week, PPP Candidate and former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall called on the ABCEU countries to forwith revoke the visas of all persons responsible for denying Carter Center permission to observe the recount of ballots, including members of the COVID-19 Task Force.
Carter Centre which has been coming here since 1992, said it had applied to the relevant authorities to have its observer mission return to scrutinize the recount exercise; that request was not approved.
This was despite calls by the U.S., Canada, and the United Nations urging government to pave the way for Carter Centre’s return.
Commenting on the issue recently was government spokesperson, Joseph Harmon who said that Carter Centre can come back if it seeks the relevant approval and complies with the measures in place to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
For weeks, members of the diplomatic community including diplomats from the ABCEU countries, the Commonwealth, and the Organization of American States (OAS), have warned that any government sworn in on fraudulent elections results will face serious consequences, including sanctions.
The Opposition, PPP/C has also been calling for sanctions to be imposed on “riggers” of the elections.
In fact, the U.S. Department of State has been closely monitoring the elections process here.
And while the U.S has not considered as yet what sanctions to impose on Guyana should an illegitimate government be sworn in, it has already noted that sanctions can range from visa revocation and financial restrictions.