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The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Observer Mission has concluded that Monday’s Regional and General Elections as being “free, fair and transparent” on the part of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).The announcement was made,Cheap Jerseys Wholesale, yesterday, at the CARICOM Secretariat,Jamaica,Wholesale Jerseys NFL, Deputy Director of Elections, Earl Simpson flanked by CARICOM Communications Officer Kendol Morgan (left) and Belize Elections Officer,Wholesale China NFL Jerseys, Josephine Tamai.Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara, when the regional organisation’s observer team met with members of the media. Speaking on behalf of the 10-member team was leader of the Mission, Earl Simpson, Deputy Director of Elections, Jamaica, who commended GECOM for adhering to their legal and constitutional duties.Simpson added that “the secrecy of the ballot was protected at all times”. He reiterated that the conduct of the poll should result in the expression of the will of the people of Guyana.“CARICOM urges all Guyanese to accept the official result announcement of GECOM regardless of who wins the elections,Wholesale Jerseys,” said Simpson. He noted that none of the parties raised any concerns with the observer mission during or after the closing of polls on Election Day.Additionally, the Mission observed that the opening of polls was in accordance with the guidelines and instructions from GECOM. The Mission leader said that all of the 224 polling stations they observed opened on time. He stated the GECOM staff was found to be familiar with the voting process and executed their duties in a professional manner.He said that the majority of the Observer Mission comprised of administrators with years of electoral experiences, with Simpson having 18 years of experience in electoral administration. The Jamaica Deputy Director said that the team focused a lot on the administration of the GECOM process.It found that the Commission adhered to all the guidelines in Guyana’s law and constitution.The elections official said that the Mission had various concerns about Guyana’s electoral process is confronted with. He described these concerns as “systemic” in nature,Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale, meaning that they stem from the guidelines the Commission follows.He said that CARICOM believes that to address these concerns, both the elected government and the opposition have to “put country first and party second” and be “bold, brave and transformational” with the constitution and electoral laws of Guyana.“This process has to be led by the leader of the ruling party and the leader of the opposition party for it to garner the support of the political party members. We believe that after the legislative changes are enacted, then CARICOM can be approached to lend experience and expertise to assist in the transformation of the electoral process,” Simpson said.When questioned by the publication to specify their concerns and recommendations, Simpson said that they will be available in the organisation’s full report. However, he emphasised that any changes to electoral legislation must have “transparency and accountability”, with the support of all political stakeholders.Simpson explained that CARICOM’s concerns “come from the law that is currently in the books and GECOM has to follow those laws. If you want changes to be made, and that is something that we believe the political stakeholders need to seriously consider… they need to make those changes to the Constitution but more importantly,Cheap Jerseys From China, to the electoral laws for us to see different results (from our observations.).”He further said that there are things in the law that impacted how the electoral process was done. “We have a serious problem in the transmission of results,” said the election official, adding that their recommendations will assist in addressing such problems.Simpson explained that should the new government request it, CARICOM is willing to lend its expertise to amend electoral laws.
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