[www.inewsguyana.com] – Former United States President, Jimmy Carter arrived in Guyana today, Friday, May 08 two days ahead of the May 11, General and Regional Elections.
This is Mr. Carter’s third visit to Guyana as part of the observer team of the Carter Centre. The former US President had led the Centre’s first Observer Mission to Guyana in 1992 when the first internationally certified free and fair election saw the People’s Progressive Party/Civic regaining office for the first time in 28 years.
The Mission is here at the the invitation of the government of Guyana. The Center’s observers will meet regularly with representatives of the Guyana Elections Commission, political Party candidates, civil society organizations, the international community, and citizen election observers to assess electoral preparations and the pre-electoral environment, including election administration, campaigning, voter education, and other issues.
With the Guyana mission, the Carter Center reaches an important milestone: its 100th election observation. The first took place in Panama in 1989 during a hotly contested race that the Center declared fraudulent. Since then, the Center has observed elections in 38 countries.
The Carter Center’s election observer mission is conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation and Code of Conduct that was commemorated at the United Nations in 2005 and has been endorsed by 49 election observation groups.
The Center assesses the electoral process based on Guyana’s national legal framework and its obligations for democratic elections contained in regional and international agreements.