Chair of Caricom, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley has described the ongoing saga of the Guyanese elections was “a little bizarre”.
Mottley was asked about the elections on Wednesday night during an exclusive interview on CNC3.
“What is going on is a little bizarre to say the least but we shall wait and see and let the process play out over the next few days,” Mottley said.
Just one day before this interview Mottley said she was dissatisfied with the political “gamesmanship” taking place in Guyana.
The Guyana general elections took place on March 2 and to date and the citizens are still waiting on a resolution.
Mottley at that time was at odds with attempts by Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield to declare the election after he removed over 115,000 votes from the People’s Progressive Party/Civic’s tally on the grounds that they were fraudulent.
According to reports coming out of Guyana, on Tuesday Lowenfield submitted his report to the chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) showing that the ruling coalition, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), had won the regional and general elections.
In his letter to the GECOM chairperson, retired Justice Claudette Singh, the Chief Elections Officer said that he had “taken note of the guidance of the Court of Appeal…in the preparation of my report under Section 96 of the Representation of the People’s Act”.
He said that his report contains “a table showing the credible and valid votes cast in accordance with the Representation of the People’s Act”. In his first report to GECOM earlier this month, Lowenfield had claimed that the results did not meet the standard of fair and credible elections.
On Wednesday, Mottley said that Caricom has “said what we’ve said for now, we are watching the situation”.
“The heads of Government are particularly attuned to the fact that these situations are difficult,” she said.
“I pray that we will recognise that there is no election that is worth the life of a single human being. There is no election that is worth the damaging of not only one country but our community,” she said.