CARICOM recount team to arrive on April 30, chartered flight approved to land


The National COVID-19 Task Force (NCTF) on Monday approved the request of CARICOM for a chartered flight to travel to Guyana on Thursday, April 30 which will fly the high-level recount team.

A statement from the Task Force late Monday noted “The National COVID-19 Task Force (NCTF) today held its weekly statutory virtual meeting. Among the decisions taken was the approval of the request from CARICOM for officials to travel to Guyana on Thursday, April 30th for the purposes of overseeing the recount of ballots by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).”

The CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque had written the Task Force seeking permission for the flight to land.

The Secretary-General has also put arrangements in place for the members of the team to be tested in their respective country, using the World Health Organisation (WHO) approved PCR COVID-19 test.

The CARICOM SG also requested for the WHO-approved PCR COVID-19 to be administered to the team before they depart Guyana.

Last Friday, GECOM completed the Order to be gazetted to trigger the national recount. Commissioners said the Commission is awaiting the arrival of the team to start the process which is expected to last 25 days.

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