Outcome of Election Postponed

Mar 10, 2020

On 8 March 2020, the Supreme Court of Guyana ruled to postpone officially declaring the winner of the presidential election held on 2 March after the main opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) filed an appeal citing electoral fraud conducted to benefit incumbent President David Granger. The court will begin hearing the case on 10 March to decide whether to recount votes from the Region Four area.

On the evening of 6 March clashes broke out between security forces and opposition supporters in Bath, located in the Berbice region southeast of the capital Georgetown. Protesters set up roadblocks and threw projectiles before police officers opened fire on the crowd. At least one person was killed and several others were injured. Elsewhere in Guyana, police officers fired tear gas and pellets at protesters in Lusignan after protesters set fire to public property and erected roadblocks. At least three people were injured in the violence in Lusignan. Additional election-related protests are likely as the Supreme Court weighs the dispute regarding the election outcome.

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