Mandela’s ‘Elders Group’ calls for Guyana’s elections process to be completed


The international community continues to hammer Guyana following allegations of electoral fraud at the March 2 general and regional elections.

On Thursday, March 6, the Elders – a group established by Nelson Mandela to work for peace and human rights – joined foreign powers in Guyana and the international observers for the electoral process to be completed.

In a statement on Twitter, the Elders said “[we] join the international community in calling on all sides in the Guyana General Election to respect the rule of law and allow the electoral process to be completed without interference.

“Nothing but the will of Guyana’s voters should determine the country’s future.”

Senior members of the diplomatic community in Guyana have joined with international observers to urge that the electoral process follows all transparent and credible procedures.

The Heads of Mission of the A,B,C countries and the European Union on Friday expressed deep concern over credible allegations of electoral fraud.

They also called on President Granger to avoid a transition of government which they believe would be unconstitutional at this time.

The U.S. Department of State has also urged that no candidate be sworn in until issues are resolved surrounding the declaration of unverified results for the country’s largest voting district.

Meanwhile, the international observer missions from the Commonwealth, the Organization of American States, the European Union, and The Carter Center has called for the transparent tabulation of results for Region 4 be resumed in order to proceed to the establishment of national results.

The observer groups said until this occurs, the result of these elections cannot be credibly declared.

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