Statement from President Granger relating to GECOM and Election Results

Granger says won’t allow `political malefactors to hijack our democracy’

President David Granger
President David Granger

Adverting to elections related unrest in recent days, President David Granger today said he won’t allow “political malefactors to hijack our democracy”.

Granger, who is performing the functions of a caretaker President, also said that he has no control over GECOM and urged the public to allow the Election Commission “to execute its mandate to deliver credible elections to the Guyanese people”.

The statement issued by President Granger follows:

STATEMENT BY HIS EXCELLENCY DAVID GRANGER

PRESIDENT OF THE COOPERATIVE REPUBLIC OF GUYANA           

MARCH 9, 2020                     

Guyanese, I acknowledge that, one week after General and Regional Elections were held, we have not yet had the final declaration of results and uncertainty and unease have arisen.

I assure the nation that, at all times, I have acted in accordance with the Constitution and Laws of Guyana.  After the elections on March 2nd, the nation awaited the declaration of the results by the Elections Commission after completing its work.

GECOM is an independent constitutional agency over which I and the Executive have no control. I assure you, that as President, I cannot, did not and will not interfere in the work of GECOM.

The Opposition created an atmosphere of intimidation and fear at the office of the Returning Officer of District Number 4. This led to the interruption of GECOM’s work.

The Opposition then approached the Supreme Court seeking to prevent GECOM from making a declaration of the final results. That matter is now before the Chief Justice who will hear the case tomorrow, Tuesday, March 10th.

Justice Claudette Singh, Chairman of GECOM, has indicated that she will await the outcome of that matter. The entire nation, indeed, must await the ruling of the Supreme Court.

The Opposition is disseminating a narrative that is no more than a falsification of reality. It is completely at variance with the official declarations of the Elections Commission for the ten electoral districts.

Guyanese, we have all witnessed the lawlessness and violence that have been unleashed on innocent school children, citizens and police officers in several districts of our country.  Our security forces have been working to quell disorder and to bring the perpetrators to justice.

It is my sworn duty, as President, to uphold the Constitution and keep our citizens safe. I intend to do so. I will not allow political malefactors to hijack our democracy and compromise public order and human safety. Law and order will be maintained.

Guyanese, I appeal to you to remain calm and not to engage in any activity which can lead to the heightening of tensions in society.  I urge you to go about your business in a peaceful manner.  Some damage has already been done to social relations in our communities. We must repair that damage.

Guyanese are asked to contribute to ensuring that we maintain law and order at all costs. Guyana is a lawful state. We must allow the institutions which we revere and on which we rely to work to ensure that there will be a fair outcome to the issue which we now face.

Guyanese will continue to live with each other.  We must not allow ourselves to be provoked into taking any action which will engender hate or disharmony.

I am confident that there will be a peaceful and lawful resolution to this issue in a short period of time.

I appeal to you to join me in allowing the judicial system to perform its functions.

I appeal to you to allow the Elections Commission to execute its mandate to deliver credible elections to the Guyanese people.

I thank you.
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Comments

  • kamtanblog  On March 10, 2020 at 2:58 am

    Common sense approach to politricks
    My gut feeling is the injunction will not be
    Upheld and geocom will announce its results.

    Simple Simon says
    It is better to be a good looser
    Than a bad winner

    Now go shake the hands of the winners
    Make sure you wash them before and after.

    CoronaV

    Kamtan 🇬🇧🇬🇾🇪🇸🇬🇧👽🙏

  • brandli62  On March 10, 2020 at 9:01 am

    I wish the leader of the opposition would release a similar statement and denounce any violence.

    • kamtanblog  On March 10, 2020 at 10:48 am

      Wishful thinking my friend !
      Dream on it’s free.
      Warn my 4 children and 6 gchildren
      that if any of them became politician
      will disown them. Most are opportunist
      scum bags …few are dedicated to serving
      those lesser fortunate sin society.
      That’s life
      Love the life I live
      Live the life I 💓

      Happy 😃 old fart !
      Two things are certain in life
      Tax and exit.

      Will pay my taxes until my exit

      Que sera sera

      Kamtan 🇬🇧🇬🇾🇪🇸🇬🇧👽🙏

  • Kman  On March 14, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    But Mr President, don’t forget that you were tampering with ballot boxes for a former government.

  • Kman  On March 14, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    Why isn’t the president and his team not commenting on GECOM’s approach to ballot counting? The international observers are watching but nothing is being done.

    They don’t have to tell GECOM’ or the political parties how to run the show, rather let them know there is no transparency nor accountability.

    Such a mucked up country

    • kamtanblog  On March 14, 2020 at 3:41 pm

      Guyana is undoubtably a “failed state” !

      To Lie, cheat, steal, thief is considered
      “Smart” and if caught a “backhander” bribe
      will do the “Houdini”.
      Until it’s 35 MPs change/make anti corruption
      laws enforceable/enforced with fines, jail sentance and/or community service it will
      remain a failed state.
      Only recently in UK MPs were jailed for fiddling
      expenses.
      You thief you move directly to jail
      Do not pass go
      Do not allow “plea bargaining” usa
      No ifs or buts
      Certainly sends the right signal.

      Go Guyana go
      Fix it !

      Kamtan 🇬🇧🇬🇾🇪🇸🇬🇧👽

  • brandli62  On March 14, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Breaking news of March 14, 2020:

    STATEMENT BY HON. MIA AMOR MOTTLEY Q.C., M.P.
    RE: CARICOM TEAM to Supervise Guyana Elections Recount

    Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen.

    Many of you are aware that I led a high-level team of Caribbean Prime Ministers to Georgetown earlier this week to meet with all of the affected parties from the recent General Election of March 2, 2020.

    CARICOM has remained engaged over the last few days. 

    I would with to announce that after discussions this morning, President Granger made a request for the Caribbean Community to field an independent high-level team to supervise the re-counting of the ballots in Region 4 in accordance with the ruling of the Chief Justice of 11 March, 2020. This has been agreed to by Mr. Bharrat Jagdeo.

    We believe that this is a giant step in being able to determine the will of the Guyanese people in the Election of March 2, 2020. It will also allow the electoral process to regain the confidence of all locally, regionally and internationally.

    I have spoken directly to both the President and the Leader of the Opposition and they have both committed to abide by the results of a fair and transparent recount of each and every ballot, as supervised by the CARICOM team. We also agreed that there needs to be steps taken to secure the integrity of the ballot boxes until the Recount takes place.

    The Independent High Level Team will be chaired by Francine Baron, former Attorney General and Foreign Minister and comprise Mr. Anthony Boatswain, former Minister of Finance of Grenada and Ms. Cynthia Barrow-Giles, Senior Lecturer in Department of Government of UWI. They will also be accompanied by the two Chief Election Officers from Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.

    Both President Granger and the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Jagdeo have agreed that the recount should commence once the Caricom team is on the ground.

    I can confirm that all efforts are being made to have the team in Guyana as soon as possible. A further announcement will be made as to the exact details once the team is on the ground.

  • Trevor  On March 14, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Installing the PPP as government means that the PPP government will become a wannabe Arabian dictatorship like Saudi Arabia:

    “Saudi Arabia is easily the most undemocratic country in the world. Ruled by the House of Saud, the dictators have complete and utter control over everything in the country and punish anyone they wish in any way they wish, if they so wish. On top of the despotic, autocratic rule, Saudi Arabia is also an avid supporter of terrorism and a relentless oppressor of democracy in neighboring countries.

    Saudi royals like to order people beheaded by sword, but don’t like anyone filming the beheadings.”

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