GEORGETOWN, Guyana, April 28, 2020 (CMC) – The high-level Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Observer Team, tasked with scrutinizing the national recount of all the votes cast in the disputed March 2, elections, will arrive here, on Thursday, the National COVID-19 Task Force has announced.
In a statement, it said that approval had been given to a request, from the 15-member regional grouping, 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, Irwin Larocque, yesterday, had informed GECOM that it was awaiting approval from officials, here, for the chartered flight for the team.
LaRocque 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 (WHO)-approved PCR COVID-19 test.
GECOM had said that the arrival of the team was crucial to the commencement of the recount.
The elections body has said, it aims to have the entire process completed, within a 25-day timeframe, depending on the pace of operation, which it added, will be determined, after an observation of the first week.
GECOM plans to carry out the recount, utilising 10 hours per day, with 10 work stations.