4th March 2020

The Bar Association of Guyana was accredited by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) as a Local Observer of the 2020 General and Regional Elections which were held on March 2, 2020.

In accordance therewith, The Bar Association has been monitoring the elections process and dispatched a team to observe the voting process on election day particularly in Districts/Regions 4, 5 and 6.

While the results have not yet been declared and therefore the process is still ongoing including our observation status, the preliminary reports received thus far from our Observation Team are that the voting process on Election Day was on a balance, free, fair and transparent. They did not report witnessing any untoward events on election day which would affect the credibility of the result of the election. As with any process, there are areas for improvement, which will be addressed in the final report submitted to GECOM on the completion of the election process.

The members of our team wish to extend their kudos to the GECOM staff who discharged their duties on election day with professionalism and competence to ensure free and fair elections throughout Guyana.

The mandated process of GECOM for the declaration of results is by its nature time consuming and we therefore urge patience in permitting GECOM to complete their work in the delivery of accurate results.

We further remind that GECOM is the only body with the lawful authority to declare the results of the General and Regional Elections held on March 2, 2020.

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