Georgetown, GINA, Media Release
Government has dispatched letters inviting several countries and internationally recognised groups to officially observe the upcoming General and Regional Elections on May 11.
Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon, at his weekly press briefing today indicated that this followed the “dispatch of letters” notifying the said countries and groups of the pending elections following the decision to prorogue the 10th Parliament by President Donald Ramotar. The announcement of the May 11th date for election then saw letters of invitations being sent to the same bodies and the international community to participate in observing the elections.
Formal invitations have been extended to the governments of India and South Africa and others “habitually written to”, said Dr Luncheon. These include the United Nations (UN), Caribbean Community (Caricom), the Organisation of American States (OAS), Commonwealth, Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), the Carter Center, the United Kingdom branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.
As part of these preparations, a visiting UN team of electoral officials recently concluded a visit to Guyana, after meeting with government officials, opposition political parties and several other stakeholders.
It is anticipated that observer missions from Caricom, OAS and the Commonwealth, will be making their presence felt “long before the actual E-Day”, according to the Cabinet Secretary. The plan is to have the missions begin the monitoring process, for an extended period prior to and after the elections. The expected start date has been given as Nomination Day, April 7.