Calls are mounting for caretaker President David Granger to accept defeat and gracefully exit office in the interest of the country.
The latest to issue such a call is the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) which has also called on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to ensure that the results of the March 2 General and Regional Elections are declared speedily now that the national recount and tabulation of ballots is completed.
FITUG on Monday noted that unofficially, the country and by extension, the world is now aware of the results and the consequences of those results.
According to the workers’ union, at this time, as is the practice of democracies the world over, the nation expects acceptance of the results and a peaceful transition of power.
“In the same vein, we expect all our political leaders to pledge their commitment to the country and its people as we move towards a new Government. At this time, we expect President David Granger to gracefully concede and to offer his and his party’s congratulations to his successor,” the Union said in a statement.
The umbrella body said that they are aware that the coalition has committed not to accept the results and finds that decision to be unfortunate. It added that it remains hopeful that this position would change in the interest of putting Guyana first.
“The coalition’s stance, which comes against certain accusations, has seen many Guyanese coming forward offering evidence that has directly contradicted those contentions. However, if the coalition remains adamant, we urge the examination of an elections petition which is the only mechanism lawfully provided to address such matters. We do not believe other shenanigans, legal or otherwise, would be helpful at this point in time,” FITUG stated.
The Federation also applauded the various stakeholders involved in informing the public as well as ensuring that the process was free, fair and credible.
It added that the patience of the Guyanese people is also noted as they remained calm in what was a distressing period in our nation’s history. “We need not procrastinate any further but an end to what has been an excruciatingly long process. What is now required is for the healing process to begin in earnest as we put behind what was a blistering campaign season and an even more difficult period in the days after Elections Day.”
The Union added that it is now time for Guyanese to work together and face up collectively to the many challenges that face us as a nation and people.