[www.inewsguyana.com] – The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has responded to a statement attributed to members of the diplomatic corps over the results of the recently concluded 2015 General and Regional Elections in Guyana.
While the PPP over the past weeks has maintained that the elections were rigged, the ABC countries (ABC) through their local envoys have restated their position that the 2015 national polls were free and credible.
In a recent statement, US Charge D Affaires Bryan Hunt said “in the final analysis, international observer missions found the polling, counting, verification, and tabulation processes to be free, fair, and credible. The final results of the election accurately reflected the votes cast by the Guyanese people. All political parties should respect the outcome of the democratic process”
But the PPP in a statement on Sunday, May 24 said it “finds this statement unhelpful and at cross-purposes with all the declarations and demands made by the Party ever since Gecom declared the final results of the May 11th 2015 General and Regional elections.”
According to the main Opposition Party, it is neither interested nor desirous of being on a collision course with the US or any other diplomatic mission resident in Guyana, stating there should not be any intrusion by the diplomats in this matter.
“The PPP is urging an end to the persistent diplomatic intrusions into the highly sensitive and emotive matter pertaining to the results of the just concluded general and regional elections which will eventually find its way to the Court in the search for a just and satisfactory ruling .”
The Party affirmed that the members and supporters of the PPP/C who voted with confidence and optimism for another PPP/C victory at the polls demand that their votes be respected, safeguarded and re-counted.
“They remain convinced that they were cheated at the polls. The Party maintains that the Foreign Observers while having done their level best at simply observing the voting process at the polling places to ensure that voting was free and fair failed, due to their limited mandate, to play any part whatsoever in the tabulation and verification of the votes cast in favour of each contesting party,” the press release pointed out.
The PPP said that the absence of the observers at the tabulation was a major flaw in the observation undertaking by the international observers. It is not usual to see such flaws dismissed as not having any significant impact on the results of the elections.
“The PPP rejects this notion as an international bad practice. The PPP and the ABC countries represented through their diplomatic representatives in Guyana have enjoyed friendly and cordial relations over the years,” the release stated.