ANARA KHAN AUTHOR
DPI, Guyana, Monday, May 4, 2020
His Excellency President David Granger has welcomed the announcement by the Guyana Election Commission, for the commencement of the national recount of the March 2nd, 2020, General and Regional Elections.
The Head of State’s remarks come immediately after the commission would have officially gazetted the Order for the national recount.
“I welcome the Commission’s announcement. The entire nation is awaiting the completion of the recount of the ballots and the declaration of the results by the Elections Commission,” President Granger remarked.
He further expressed satisfaction that the commission had cleared its hurdles and is fully prepared to execute its mandate and conduct the recount.
The Head of State assured that he will accept the declaration of the results by the Elections Commission.
The President reminded that he has always abided by the judgements of the courts and has not intervened in the electoral process.
“I have complied always with the rulings of the Courts. I have never interfered, intervened or intruded in the work of the Elections Commission; its independence is respected, and I have upheld always the Constitution of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, which is the supreme law of the land,” he emphasized.
He drew attention to the fact that following the ruling of the court, he had agreed that “a total recount of the ballots from all electoral districts in Regions One to Ten would take place urgently and in accordance with the Constitution, the applicable law and the judgment of the Court issued by Roxanne George Chief Justice (ag.) on Wednesday 11 March 2020.”
Additionally, he noted that an agreement was made to allow a high-level team from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) supervise the recount and function strictly within the framework of the Constitution, under the aegis of the Commission and the rulings of the Court.
The Head of State urged Guyanese to be patient as the country awaits the outcome of the national recount.