APNU+AFC says OAS Chief no longer an ‘independent observer’


Media release
For immediate release
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Transcript of APNU+AFC statement by Joseph Harmon on statement made by Mr. Bruce Golding

The following statement by the APNU+AFC Coalition was earlier this evening delivered on camera by Mr. Joseph Harmon:

TRANSCRIPT: The APNU+AFC has noted a statement by Mr. Bruce Golding, head of the Organization of American States Observer Mission to Guyana’s March 2020 General and Regional Elections.

The APNU+AFC Coalition views the statement as wholly partisan and biased. The statement by Mr. Golding therefore lacks credibility.

The APNU+AFC notes that Mr. Golding and People’s Progressive Party General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo appeared in tandem before the media – Mr. Golding virtually and Mr. Jagdeo at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre. It appears as if this was coordinated and pre-arranged to deliver statements which were strikingly similar in content and style.

It is widely known in Guyana that Mr. Golding is a close friend and ally of Mr. Jagdeo and has been Mr. Jagdeo’s private house guest prior to serving as head of the OAS Observer Mission to Guyana.

Mr. Golding’s partisanship and unquestionable links to the PPP compromises him and no longer can he be considered an independent observer. He has clearly demonstrated a bias for his close associates and appears to have now become an unabashed co-conspirator of the PPP as they seek to defy the will of the Guyanese people.

Mr. Golding, in his statement today, ignores the fact that this was a recount agreed to by President David Granger and Mr. Jagdeo. He therefore ignores the numerous instances of irregularities, discrepancies and anomalies which have been uncovered in the ongoing recount process amounting to fraud on the Guyanese people – dead people voting, persons who are not in Guyana voting, unsigned affidavits of identity in boxes.

Campaign Manager of APNU+AFC Joseph Harmon [Photo: Avidesh Narine/News Room]
Mr. Golding instead focusses on a declaration which had already been ruled on by the court and other documents issued by the People’s Progressive Party. He seems to believe that whatever the PPP puts out is authentic, ignoring the fact that a full statement has not been made by the Guyana Elections Commission. This is the same posture taken by the PPP after the elections in publishing statements of poll which they posted on the website and have now been forced to take down because the statements of recount show numbers which are totally different.

Mr. Golding’s statement today is not only exceptionally partisan but it is grossly irresponsible and hostile to the nation and people of Guyana. Mr. Golding’s statement coming from a former CARICOM Head of Government it smacks of gross disrespect for a sovereign state and for the ongoing process which has been supported by CARICOM.

The APNU+AFC Coalition calls on all Guyanese to disregard these distant voices and pay attention to the unfolding situation at the Arthur Chung conference Centre where the recount is unmasking the PPP fraud at the March 2nd 2020 elections.

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