U.S Congressional delegation push for free, fair and peaceful elections in Guyana
Three United States (US) Congressional representatives who are in Guyana, met with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo Wednesday where they emphasized the importance of free, fair, credible and peaceful elections.
The News Room understands that Congressmen Gregory Meeks, Albio Sires along with Congresswoman Yvette Clarke will be meeting with other political leaders who are contesting the much anticipated March 2 general and regional elections.
Following the high-level meeting at his Church Street, Georgetown office, Jagdeo told some members of the media that he is “extremely pleased” that the “powerful delegation” is in Guyana ahead of the polls.
“They emphasized to us in the meeting one major issue and that is that the United States of America will support free, fair, credible elections; they want peaceful elections in Guyana and they hope that all the parties accept the results once the elections are over with so that we can move forward as a country,” the Opposition Leader said.
According to Jagdeo, he reiterated the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) commitment to credible elections but also used the opportunity to point out what he described as “unhealthy things” that could go against a credible outcome of the elections.
“I don’t think they came here to give any party something to hang on to. I think their presence here is reassuring to our country and to the people of our country because they’re non-partisan, they made that clear and I don’t think they came here to confer and advantage one side or the other.
“I think their presence in Guyana is very reassuring and particularly their statement about free, fair, peaceful elections,” Jagdeo said.
The US delegation was accompanied to the meeting by U.S Ambassador to Guyana, Sara-Ann Lynch.