Weekly Report - 18 June 2020 (WR-20-24)

GUYANA: Opposition edges closer to power

Guyana’s electoral dispute is finally coming to a head. Three-and-a-half months after general elections were held on 2 March, and 34 days after a protracted recount process, the Chief Election Officer of the Guyana Elections Commission (Gecom), Keith Lowenfield, produced a report on 13 June claiming that the opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) had won - but not fairly and squarely. The PPP/C savaged Lowenfield’s report, and the Caribbean Community (Caricom) observer team subsequently issued a weighty report of its own for Gecom’s chairperson, Claudette Singh, concluding that it had detected nothing untoward and that the result should stand. Singh concurred. President David Granger of the ruling A Partnership for National Unity-Alliance for Change (Apnu-AFC) coalition has previously said that he would accept Gecom’s final verdict but after such a long-running and acrimonious dispute doubt inevitably remains.

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