GUYANA-POLITICS-Granger says CARICOM initiative must operate within framework of constitution.

 
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President David Granger has asked the chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley to ensure that the CARICOM Initiative operates within the legal framework of the Constitution of Guyana and respect the role of the Elections Commission and the rulings of the Supreme Court.

The president made the proposal during a teleconference with Mottley on Sunday.

The CARICOM Initiative is a high-level independent team that came here to overlook the recount of votes in all ten administrative regions following the recent general and regional election .

'It will not act independently.I urged, also, that the Commission be allowed to craft the Terms of Reference governing the relationship between the CARICOM Initiative and the Elections Commission.'

According to Granger, his administration is looking forward to a 'total national recount' being completed as soon as possible under the auspices of the Elections Commission.

The president also sought to assure that country that he did not interfere in the electoral process.

'Guyanese, I iterate that I have no role to play in the work of the Elections Commission. I cannot bring the process to an end; the Elections Commission must be allowed to do its work.

I am committed to the rule of law and the Constitution. I respect the integrity and autonomous nature of the Elections Commission. I will abide by the declarations of the Elections Commission as I have abided by the rulings of the Court.'

'I urge you to be patient as we comply with the rulings of the Court and the decisions of the Commission. I advise you to avoid provocation by certain lawless elements who committed acts of violence against innocent school...

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