UK ‘deeply concerned’ about local electoral process

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The United Kingdom on Monday said it remains “deeply concerned” about the elections on March 2, 2020, in Guyana and the subsequent events that followed.

The UK’s Minister for Sustainable Development and the Overseas Territories, Baroness Elizabeth Grace Sugg in response to a letter from the Private Sector Commission (PSC), said the UK remains fully engaged in seeking a resolution to events in Guyana which upholds its fundamental commitment to democracy, good governance and the rule of law.

“It is the UK’s view, and that of other diplomatic colleagues and international observers, that it is impossible for results to be announced in the absence of a credible verification and tabulation process,” Sugg said to the PSC.

The PSC wrote a letter to the UK Foreign Secretary on March 31 about the recent general elections in Guyana.

Baroness Sugg said she is responding as Minister for the Caribbean.

The UK along with several other countries have expressed concerns over the elections process in Guyana which has not yet concluded even after 49 days.

On March 10, the UK called on the President to preserve the principle of free, fair and credible elections.

Subsequently, on March 24, UK’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab threatened Guyana with “strong international condemnation” if a Government is sworn in on the basis of ‘non-credible’ results from the March 2, 2020 general and regional elections. https://newsroom.gy/2020/03/24/uk-again-warns-of-serious-consequences-if-election-processes-not-credible/

He noted that the UK remains ready, along with its partners, to assist in ensuring a credible process that provides the democratic outcome that the Guyanese people deserve.

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