Lengthy election process will never occur again – President Ali vows

— will pursue necessary reforms, conduct a review of events

DPI, Guyana, Saturday, August 8, 2020

The 9th Executive President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, His Excellency, Mohamed Irfaan Ali has vowed that the five-month-long elections process that Guyanese painfully endured will never happen again.

During his inauguration speech at the National Cultural Centre, President Ali made it clear that his government “will pursue the necessary reforms to make our democracy stronger and our electoral process more transparent.”

He said that over the past five months, Guyanese endured trauma, and anguish due to vigorous attempts to destroy the country’s democratic credential and deny the will of the electorate.

The Head of State assured that “a review of events – related to the electoral process over the last five months – will begin shortly to determine, forensically, exactly what transpired, and to hold accountable any person who sought to pervert and corrupt the system.”

He reminded that all citizens of Guyana “have an obligation to the nation and to ourselves to ensure that never again should any generation of our people be subjected to such unlawful behaviour.”

The President said his government will “enhance parliamentary democracy, support an independent and efficient judiciary and ensure that the rule of law and the constitutional rights of every Guyanese are respected by all”.  

President Ali took the oath of office as Guyana’s 9th Executive President last Sunday, exactly five months after the General and Regional Elections were held back in March.

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