In Guyana, as recounting of the ballots cast painfully drags on at a snail’s pace and is too often punctuated annoyingly by unnecessary stoppages, Guyanese at home and abroad anxiously await finality and a justified conclusion to the election of March 2, 2020.
The country and the Guyanese people have experienced many periods of mental trauma from the time of foreign rule to current times where even locally appointed and oath-taken election officers find themselves compromised and unprepared or unwilling to deliver the credible election results the electorate crave. A people at times with glimpses of hope are again rendered downtrodden, demoralized or perhaps even hopeless. A nation handicapped in its quest for harmony, and cannot yet determine a common destiny, is stunned.
What has transpired in Guyana following the elections of 2020 did catch the attention of patriotic Guyanese in the Canadian Diaspora and led to the formation of an apolitical ad hoc committee dubbing itself DEMOCRACY WATCH 2020.
The chosen mandate of this committee is to join with the democratic-minded, everywhere, in the struggle to stave off an impending return to dictatorial rule in Guyana. Cognizant of the history of rigged elections in order to hold on to power, the committee anticipated since mid March 2020 that it would require international intervention with possible threat of sanctions against key actors in Guyana who are actively engaged in denying the people their will and a government of their choice.
A letter seeking sanctions was forwarded on March 28 to several MP’s, the PMO and the DPMO. It was to encourage the Canadian Government to join with other major Governments in implementing punishing individual sanctions until a legitimate Government was installed in Guyana.
Advised and assisted by prominent Guyanese-Canadian professionals, DEMOCRATIC WATCH 2020, which does not solicit funds nor accept donations, intends to remain active and vigilant paying keen attention not only in the heavily interfered with recount process but to also focus its attention on the behaviour of the de facto government and its less than impressive manoeuvres in preventing internationally recognized and highly reputable election observers from entering Guyana to assist in bring about a credible declaration of the election result. The Committee will advocate for the return of the Carter Center and others.
Also of grave concern is the mistreatment of foreign diplomats and especially the campaign by known operatives and supporters of the de facto Guyana government for the recall of the Canadian High Commissioner. Her yeoman service to Canada and to Guyana is highly laudable and an enormous gratitude is owed to her. The committee calls on all relevant authorities in Guyana to help in the progress of the recount, albeit slow, and to not engage in any effort to thwart or abandon the recount exercise. The security of Diplomats and Observers active in Guyana must also be guaranteed. It is “now or never”, for real progress and the “one destiny” that all Guyanese so painfully look forward to soon attain.
R. Singh, Mississauga ON
H. Ragnauth, Waterloo ON
N. Megnauth, Brampton ON
Rick Persaud, Mississauga. ON
S. Alexander, Toronto ON
S. Bernard, Mississauga ON
N. Hanif, Toronto ON
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