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US – Canada agrees: ‘Granger government must respect the results of democratic elections and step aside’

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TORONTO, Canada – United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announcing visa restrictions on individuals responsible for or complicit in undermining democracy in Guyana, including the immediate family members of such persons may also be subject to restrictions, said emphatically: “The Granger government must respect the results of democratic elections and step aside,” meantime, Global Affairs Canada issued a statement expressing strong regrets to the “extended delay in declaring election results in Guyana, a delay that has now lasted more than four months since elections were held on March 2″.

“We support calls by the Organization of American States (OAS) the Caribbean Community [CARICOM], the Commonwealth, the Caribbean Court of Justice and civil society organizations to announce the results based on the national recount, as validated by the CARICOM observer mission.

“In the interest of the democratic rights of the people of Guyana, Canada firmly maintains that the rule of law and democratic processes must be respected, and a declaration be announced without further delay.

“Canada will continue to work with its partners in the international community, using all tools at our disposal, to demand a swift and transparent conclusion to the election process and hold accountable those who prevent it.”

US Senate Foreign Relations Committee also endorsed the actions taken by the US Department of State on Wednesday against senior officials of the David Granger-led administration, expressed on Twitter:

 

Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY) and Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ)

Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) and Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY) chairman and vice-chair respectively of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade, issued the following statement:

“As friends of Guyana who recently traveled to the country in January, we urge the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to promptly issue a Declaration of Results based on the results of the national recount. CARICOM, the Organization of American States, diplomatic missions, and domestic civil society organizations all confirmed that the recount was completed in a professional and transparent manner, providing the basis for a Declaration of Results.

“We strongly support the multilateral efforts made to support the people of Guyana throughout this process, which have been led by CARICOM and supported by the US Embassy, the European Union, the Canadian and British High Commissions, and the Organization of American States. While we do not endorse President Trump’s and Secretary Pompeo’s unilateral approach to conducting foreign policy around the world, we stand with our career diplomats and with the international community, which is completely unified in calling for the immediate Declaration of Results based on the recount.

“We condemn all efforts to undermine the credibility of the March 2nd election, including recent actions taken by the Chief Elections Officer to effectively disenfranchise thousands of voters and manipulate the vote count.

“We fully support GECOM Chairwoman Claudette Singh’s decision to dismiss all of the Chief Elections Officer’s fraudulent reports and are confident that she will declare a winner based on the actual vote count, as certified through the recount process. Guyana’s leaders must prioritize national unity and the long-term health of Guyana’s democratic institutions and abide by the will of the Guyanese people, as reflected in the recount results.

“We commend the people of Guyana for their remarkable patience over the last four months, but they have waited far too long. GECOM must promptly issue a Declaration of Results and begin the democratic transition process.”

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