PM Nagamootoo saddened with CARICOM Chair’s statement
DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Prime Minister Hon Moses Nagamootoo has expressed disappointment with the statement by Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Prime Minister of Barbados, Hon. Mia Mottley.
The Prime Minister was on Wednesday evening a guest on 107.1 FM. Benschop Radio.
Earlier on Wednesday, the CARICOM Chair issued a statement expressing concern with the reports submitted by GECOM’s Chief Elections Officer Keith to the commission.
Prime Minister Nagamootoo reminded that following the country’s General and Regional Elections on March 2, 2020, the Chair and other CARICOM heads of government intervened to ensure there was a recount of the total votes cast.
An order was gazetted and a CARICOM observer team was facilitated to oversee the recount.
“There was a three-member scrutineer team in Guyana, they had conducted limited scrutiny of the ballots and submitted a report,” he remarked and further pointed out that the report also highlighted several anomalies unearthed during the recount.
The Prime Minister said that the statement by Prime Minister Mottley relied on the recount without the figures produced being reviewed despite the CARICOM team’s report indicating that “it was not just a mere recount but an audit, like a forensic audit looking at everything.”
He noted that while Prime Minister Mottley is entitled to her opinion as Chair of CARICOM, “it is unfortunate that her statement comes on the eve of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) being engaged in a matter of appeal.”
On Tuesday, PPP approached the CCJ to appeal the decision handed down by Guyana’s Appellate Court. The CCJ on Tuesday evening granted an injunction delaying GECOM from issuing a declaration of the results of the election until it hands down final orders relating to the application.