High level CARICOM team to arrive April 30.

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, April 28,2020

The high-level CARICOM tasked with scrutinizing the national recount of all votes cast in the March 2, 2020, General and Regional Elections, will be in Guyana on Thursday, April 30.

A release from the National COVID-19 Task Force stated that approval was given to a request from CARICOM for officials to travel to Guyana for the “purposes of overseeing the recount of ballots by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).”

CARICOM’s Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin Laroque on Monday had informed GECOM that it was awaiting approval from officials here for the chartered flight for the team.

GECOM had said that the travel arrangement of the team was crucial to the commencement of the recount.

The elections body said it aims to have the entire process completed within a 25-day timeframe. However, this will depend on the pace of operation, which it said will be determined after an observation of the first week.

GECOM intends to carry out the recount, utilising 10 hours per day, with 10 workstations.

Ambassador Irwin LaRoque had also informed GECOM that arrangements would be made for the members of the team to be tested in their respective countries, using the World Health Organisation-approved PCR COVID-19 test.

The home tests for the novel coronavirus, is a requirement for the team, even as Guyana battles the pandemic here.

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