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Report on Guyana recount submitted to CARICOM


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Report on Guyana recount submitted to CARICOM

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The CARICOM Observer Team which observed the recount of the General and Regional Elections in Guyana, submitted the report to Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Monday.

The team was led by Cynthia Barrow-Giles, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies (UWI), and included John Jarvis, Commissioner of the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission and Sylvester King, Deputy Supervisor of Elections of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The elections were held on March 2, 2020.

LaRocque thanked the team for the commitment, professionalism and integrity with which they undertook an arduous task over the past six weeks.

Chair of CARICOM, Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados also thanked them for their service to Guyana and the wider Community, particularly being away from their families at this difficult time during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Team arrived on May 1 for the recount exercise, which began on May 6 and ended on June 9 with the final certification.

The need for a CARICOM Observer Team was agreed upon by the leaders of the two main political parties in Guyana following their discussions with Mottley and LaRocque. Chair of the Guyana Elections Commission, (GECOM), Madame Justice (Ret) Claudette Singh invited a team to scrutinise the recount.

The Report was submitted to Mottley and Singh. (PR/SAT)

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