The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to the 2020 general and regional elections has returned to Guyana. The purpose of the return visit is to present to stakeholders the recommendations included in the mission’s final report published in June 2020, as well as to help to kick-start election reforms that are essential to improve future elections. Chief Observer of the EU EOM, Urmas Paet, Member of the European Parliament, met with the President, the Speaker of the National Assembly, the Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission, the Leader of the Opposition, the Attorney General, the Chief Justice and the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
“Now is the time for decisions and actions. For election reform to be effective, its implementation needs to begin well before the next elections are called. Inclusive and transparent reform processes help build confidence in elections and their results”, said Urmas Paet at a press conference in Georgetown.
The EU EOM made 26 recommendations for consideration. These include eight priority recommendations suggesting to review and consolidate the fragmented election legislation; launch a consultation process to overhaul the composition and functioning of the Elections Commission; develop effective legislation to regulate political finance; foster transparency and accountability in online and offline campaigning; transform the state-owned media into a genuine public service broadcaster; adopt clear written procedures for transmission and tabulation of election results; accompany any declaration of results by simultaneous publication of detailed polling station results and digital copies of all Statements of Poll; and establish a comprehensive election dispute resolution system.
Following an invitation by the President of Guyana, the European Union deployed the first-ever EU EOM to Guyana between 25 January and 20 March 2020. In total, the mission comprised 55 observers from 25 EU member states and Norway. The mission’s mandate was to assess the electoral process against international obligations and commitments for democratic elections as well as the laws of Guyana.
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