Opposition Commissioner at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Vincent Alexander has opined that a request to have the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) probe the alleged interference of the U.S Embassy in Guyana’s March 2020 polls is, in itself, tantamount to embracing external involvement in Guyana’s affairs. He expressed this opinion while appearing as a guest on a live Facebook programme called “In Perspective”, hosted by Branford Burke today.
Alexander was asked if “any thought is being given” by Opposition GECOM Commissioners to officially request that the Joe Biden Administration have the FBI probe the alleged interference in the Guyana elections, given that the regime has already launched an inquiry into the Donald Trump campaign’s attempt to “disrupt” the U.S. 2020 Presidential Election.
Alexander, in response, noted: “No. Thought has not been given to that. I, myself, certainly would not be a party to that. We have to stand on the principle of non-interference, and for us to call on the FBI to come in to do that, in some regard, represents an embrace of interference by external forces. So, I personally, would not be part of that. I think we have to be careful, you know.”
The Commissioner said that he has a “difficulty” in rationalizing how a call can be made to a law enforcement agency belonging to a country to launch a probe into that jurisdiction’s conduct in another country’s affairs. Alexander said that countries will always pursue their own agenda, and Guyana must be able to “solve its own issues”.
“I will come back to the old position of [Former President], Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham: We must be able to solve our matters locally. We can only have a Guyana that is ours – collectively ours – when we’ve arrived at a position where irrespective of the controversies, we can eventually solve our matters by ourselves,” Alexander said.
Asked if he would support the call for the probe, Alexander said that it is a “jurisdictional” matter, and the Guyana Police Force (GPF) will have to take lead.