March 16, 2020

The Ethnic Relations Commission, (ERC), welcomes the decision by President David Granger and Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, for CARICOM to supervise a full recount of votes cast for the March 02, 2020, General and Regional Elections and to abide by the findings as long as the integrity of the ballot boxes are not compromised.

This, the Commission believes, would bring an amicable end to the current political impasse which has resulted in a non-declaration of credible final results even as two weeks have elapsed since Guyanese went to the polls to choose a government of their choice.

The decision also demonstrates that meaningful and genuine collaboration across the political aisle is achievable and vital to help resolve inherent differences and challenges.

It also has tremendous potential to heal the current unwelcome and prevailing divide among our people. The Commission remains optimistic that the full details of how the recount would be undertaken will be agreeable to all and the conduit to derive desirable credible results.

The Commission takes this opportunity to commend President Granger and Mr. Jagdeo for being able to find common ground to move forward in the best interest of Guyana and Guyanese; CARICOM’s Chairperson, Honourable Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, for supporting Guyana during this difficult time, for mediating between our political leaders and for assembling the team supervising the recount and the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Justice (Rtd) Claudette Singh, for facilitating the process.

The Commission would like to reiterate its call for all Guyanese to act responsibly; to demonstrate tolerance, respect and restraint especially during this period and to heed the messages for togetherness, harmony and good relations.

Ethnic Relations Commission

March 16, 2020