Stand up for a Free and Democratic Guyana

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The Honourable Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
Ottawa, Ontario   

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

We, the undersigned citizens of Canada and friends of Guyana, express our sincere gratitude to the Government of Canada, particularly Canada's High Commissioner to Guyana, Ms. Lilian Chatterjee, for actively supporting the protection of democracy in Guyana following national and regional elections on March 2, 2020.

We call upon the Government of Canada to:

  1. continue to actively support free, fair and transparent elections in Guyana.
  2. advocate for the immediate return of the Carter Centre to observe the recount.
  3. stand firmly with the international community, observers and Guyanese in support of free and fair elections.
  4. provide unwavering support for HC Chatterjee (and other resident Ambassadors) as she endures deliberate and unfound attacks from anti-democratic forces while she articulates the fundamental democratic values, shared by all Canadians.
  5. impose sanctions on individuals and organizations involved with attempts to rig Guyana's elections.

The elections were monitored by Observer Missions from the EU, the Commonwealth, the OAS, the Carter Center, local observer groups and resident diplomatic missions of the EU, USA, UK and Canada. They unanimously viewed the elections day as fair and transparent.

The determination of final results, however, has led to a series of unfortunate, dramatic and protracted events aimed at corrupting the process. The incumbent APNU/AFC government has colluded with rogue elements of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to manipulate results and, essentially, rig the elections. The independent observers have denounced what has taken place and have advocated for transparency, credibility and democracy to prevail.

At this time, credible final results remain undeclared, and a recount of votes is currently underway under the active observation of a team from the Caribbean Community and others.

However, in the turbulent period leading up to the start of the recount, the forces that have sought to usurp the will of the people have continued to engage in despicable tactics, such as denying the Carter Center permission to return to Guyana to observe the recount, and, most damningly, embarking on a strategy to denigrate international observers and resident ambassadors, including HC Chatterjee. These baseless criticisms, we believe, are aimed at silencing Canada’s powerful voice in support of democracy.

As Guyanese Canadians and friends of Guyana, we stand with the people of Guyana in their bid to freely, fairly and transparently elect a government of their choice.