Concede loss of elections, private sector asks Guyana’s president

Guyana’s Private Sector Commission has asked President David Granger to concede the loss of the national and regional elections held on March 2, 2020, in that country.

The request follows the declaration of Dr Mohammed Irfaan Ali as the ninth president of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana by the chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Justice (ret’d) Claudette Singh, yesterday.

Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali, the presidential candidate of the PPP, addressing the supporters in Bartica [Photo taken from PPP’s Facebook page]

In a statement the organisation wrote, “The Private Sector Commission is gratified that Democracy has prevailed and that the people’s voice has been heard and acknowledged protected by the Constitution which governs our country.”

At the same time, the group also expressed its congratulations to the Opposition leader and soon to be sworn in president, and asked that current president, David Granger, publicly acknowledge his defeat at the polls.

Guyana’s de facto president, David Granger (Photo: cbc.bb)

“The Private Sector Commission calls upon de facto President David Granger, and leader of APNU/AFC, to recognise the decision of the chairman of GECOM, as promised by him, and to publicly concede to the results of the elections.”

In the same breath, the business lobby group called on all parties in Guyana that contested the elections to publicly accept the results and to encourage their supporters to do the same. The Private Sector Commission further noted that it was a time for all Guyanese to remain calm, peaceful, and work together to collectively handle the enormous economic, political and COVID-19 challenges with which the country is faced. The announcement of Ali as the outright winner of the elections has so far been welcomed by the Organization of American States.