U.S. Embassy issues security alert ahead of declaration of elections results

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The United States Embassy in Georgetown has issued a security alert to its citizens ahead of the declaration of the March 2020 general and regional elections.

“Host country security and law enforcement will likely have an increased presence before and after the announcement of the elections results in the coming weeks.

“It is possible that large crowds could gather at government venues.  U.S. government personnel have been advised to take precautions to prepare for any unexpected disruptions to their normal routine,” the security alert noted on the U.S Embassy website.

It encouraged U.S citizens to avoid large gatherings and demonstrations, “as even peaceful demonstrations may quickly turn violent. Monitor local radio or television reports for up to date information. Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.”

A national recount of the votes cast revealed that the opposition People’s Progressive Party won the elections by over 15,000 votes but the incumbent APNU+AFC have made wild allegations that there was widespread electoral fraud which renders the results not credible.

The nation now awaits the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to declare the winner of the polls.

 

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