GGDMA urges parties to support ‘credible conclusion’ of recount

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See below full statement issued by the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA):

Parties must support the speedy and credible conclusion of the National Vote Recount

(GEORGETOWN 2020/06/06) – The Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) calls on all political parties to support the speedy and credible conclusion of the National Vote Recount of the 2020 General and Regional elections. Once this is accomplished, Guyana must move forward in a democratic and peaceful environment. The Association once again calls on all parties to respect the process of the recount and follow the laws of Guyana.

The GGDMA repeats its call for the transition of government to only take place in line with transparent and democratic principles that lead to credible results. Any government that is sworn in based on non-credible results will not receive desired public support and international recognition.

It is concerning that Guyana could face sanctions that would cripple our fledgling economy. We need the support and backing of our international partners to not only purchase our exports, but also, as a net importer, to give us access to many of the goods we rely on in our daily lives.

The current global pandemic has placed our country in an even more precarious position, we desperately need international backing and funding. Thus far, no significant funding for our fight against the COVID-19 disease has been forthcoming and it is unlikely that substantial assistance will be given to an illegitimate regime.

All Guyanese will face the harsh consequences as access to the funding made available by the World Bank, The IDB, the United Nations, and other global partners will be meagre at best and non- existent at worst.

We urge all parties to work diligently towards concluding a sound process that provides the democratic outcome that all Guyanese need and deserve.

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