The Carter Center says Guyana’s electoral preparations appear to be on track, even as it expressed deep concern about divisive campaign rhetoric ahead of the May 11 polls. Since April, The Carter Center has deployed a team of five experts and six medium-term observers throughout the Caribbean Community (Caricom) country to observe preparations for the elections. They have conducted observation in all 10 of Guyana’s electoral districts and held meetings with a wide range of stakeholders, including political parties, the election commission, civil society organisations, and the judiciary.
The Carter Center said that although their observation is ongoing, medium-term observers have reported that the majority of stakeholders in the regions have expressed confidence in the Guyana Elections Commission and the electoral process.
“In most parts of the country, electoral preparations appear to be on course and in some areas preparations are ahead of schedule. In some more remote areas, there are concerns about the status of logistical preparations.”
The mission said that its observers heard many allegations of electoral offences being committed by supporters of both of the main political parties, the ruling People’s Progressive Party/Civic and the coalition alliance of A Partnership for National Unity and the Alliance for Change.