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Secretary-General welcomes the appointment of new Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission

29 July 2019

The Commonwealth Secretary-General welcomes the appointment of the new Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and commends all involved parties who enabled agreement to be reached on this issue. The Secretary-General encourages continued meaningful collaboration towards the holding of free and fair elections.  

The Secretary-General took note of the 18 June 2019 ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and its consequential orders of 12 July 2019 and urges all stakeholders in Guyana to fully abide by these rulings and be guided by constitutional imperatives.

The rule of law is a cornerstone of democracy.  This is also enshrined in the Commonwealth Charter and the Commonwealth Latimer House Principles.  Due observance of constitutional democracy and the rule of law in Guyana rests, in large measure, with the conduct of the various branches of government. All must be faithful to the spirit and letter of the Constitution and operate within the parameters given to each by the Constitution.

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