Donya L. Francis.
Donya L. Francis.

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I am writing on behalf of the youths and the Kittitians and Nevisians who have similar questions. What happened in Guyana after the elections? Where were the results? Is this going to be a trend that the Caribbean will be following? No results until days after the elections. We must become more cooperative and responsible. We must not jeopardise people’s right to know. The world is watching us; the youth are still looking up to those who are older.

Now, let’s go back to February when the same happened in St. Kitts and Nevis. We had leaders from other Caribbean islands jumping on the Internet calling for a swift reading of the results, as they were “concerned that the region’s reputation for democracy and for free and fair elections will be under threat as long as this issue in St. Kitts and Nevis remains unresolved”.

I understand that we had our wrongs and we take full responsibility for what happened. I am sure that the new government is now working assiduously to right the wrongs. Many have been saying that this should not have happened because St. Kitts and Nevis only has approximately 30,000 registered voters. The size doesn’t really matter; not when we have people contesting to run a country. We are all human beings and things happen. The Caribbean electoral systems need to be relooked and fixed immediately. They are failing the democratic nature of the region.

Okay, back to the recently concluded elections in Guyana. I want to say congratulations to the new president and his supporters; the people have spoken. You are now in charge of Guyana’s biggest business, all the best. I must say that the silence from the other Caribbean leaders on the late announcement of the results was very appalling. When little St Kitts-Nevis had this same issue, a number of them were quick to make calls for the announcement.

So, to all of the leaders who quickly opened their mouths on the St Kitts-Nevis elections, were you sleeping when the Guyana elections took place? Did you not “hear” of similar cries from the people of Guyana? Did the size of Guyana and the number of voters prevent you from speaking? Are you siding with the argument that “Guyana is not a part of the Caribbean but South America”, or were you just patiently waiting like the rest of us?

Maybe you all did address the situation and I stand to be corrected and if that is the case, please lead me to them. I await responses. Maybe the population of Guyana made it understandable for the results to be read almost three days after, as it is so huge.

If you are going to speak to one, you must speak to all.

Donya L. Francis

The views expressed herein are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the opinions or editorial position of iWitness News. Opinion pieces can be submitted to [email protected].

2 replies on “Where were they when what happened in St Kitts-Nevis took place in Guyana?”

  1. Dear Donya (and anyone else interested) I too heard all kinds of explanations about the size of Guyana, the remoteness of some of the interior polling station (some areas, for example in the Mazaruni-Potaro area are accessible only by river craft) to explain the length of time for us to get results, none of which I accepted as plausible or as difficulties which it was impossible to overcome. However this, based on a letter from one of the elections commissioners tells us just what was happening behind the scenes. The letter was published in yesterday’s edition (27 May) of the Stabroek News and on-line:
    http://gtmosquito.com/the-bite/explainer-vincent-alexanders-statement-on-election-results/
    will tell you why the delay

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