The willingness of the U.S. to impose sanctions on persons before the declaration of the March General and Regional elections results is a hint of how far the superpower will go if so-called riggers get their way. This is according to former President and Leader of the Opposition party, Bharrat Jagdeo.
“If the international community was prepared to condemn and levy sanctions against people who are trying to undermine democracy, even before the declaration, just imagine the consequences the riggers will face if they refuse to leave office after the declaration – essentially staging a coup d’etat. Needless to say, such a move will be met by fierce resistance by the PPP and other forces fighting for democracy,” the party leader said in a recent statement.
His comments come on the heels of U.S. imposed visa restrictions on key government and electoral officials and their family members.
Jagdeo said that the David Granger-led administration’s refusal to accept the recount data to be used as the basis for a declaration, will be a slap in the face of the Courts, the international community and the people of Guyana.
“This is in clear defiance of the international community, the Chief Justice, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) who have all been clear that any declaration has to be made on the basis of the figures from the recount, and also in contrast to earlier statements by President Granger that he will accept any declaration made by GECOM,” Jagdeo said.