By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – While the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) mounted a protest outside of the Headquarters of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), against the results of the 2015 General and Regional elections and alleging collusion between GECOM and APNU+AFC, the US Envoy to Guyana has once again stated that the results of the elections are credible.
Even before the announcement of the results, the PPP has been alleging widespread irregularities and pointed out that there were some fake Statements of Poll (SOPs) submitted to GECOM. While GECOM admitted that it did indeed received SOPs, they were not counted and would not affect the results of the May 11 national polls.
Responding to recent protest actions by the PPP/C, US Charge D’ Affaires Brian Hunt told iNews that the United States strongly supports the right of peaceful assembly adding that such a right should be exercised in accordance with local law.
He said that all of Guyana’s political leaders should now shift their focus from political campaigning to governing and find ways to work together to advance the social and economic development of all Guyanese.
“As to the merits of the assertions being made by the protesters, international observers were present throughout all stages of Guyana’s recent electoral process including the tabulation and verification of the preliminary and final results,” said Hunt.
He pointed out that international observers were in regular contact with contesting political parties and evaluated such political parties’ concerns as part of their assessments of the process.
“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,” he said in a recent interview.