U.S Gov’t official says those who seek to undermine Guyana’s democracy will be held accountable

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The United States Government on Wednesday again sounded a warning for those who seek to undermine democracy in Guyana.

In congratulating Guyana’s neighbour Suriname for completing its electoral process, U.S Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo during a press conference streamed on the U.S State Department Facebook page on Wednesday, called on Guyana to “get on with it.”

“It’s now been four months since Guyana’s election is long past due for a peaceful transition. CARICOM and the OAS [Organisation of American States] has certified the recount results and [they] should get on with it.”

The U.S high ranking official said: “I have instructed my Department to ensure those who undermine Guyana’s democracy are held accountable.”

CARICOM and the OAS which sent observers to oversee the national recount of all votes cast on March 2, have called for the elections results to be declared using the recount results. Several other countries have also called for an end of the over 100-day process.

The national vote recount shows that the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) won the elections by 15,416 votes.

Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield in a report to the Chairperson of GECOM following the recount showed the opposition PPP won the elections with 233, 336 votes while the APNU+AFC received 217, 920 votes.

But he presented another report on June 23 in which he gave the APNU+AFC 171, 825 votes and the PPP/C 166, 343 votes, invalidating 115,844 votes.

His second report was endorsed by incumbent President David Granger who has refused to concede defeat at the polls.

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