Guyana: President Irfaan Ali addressed a statement on General and Regional Elections on March 2nd, 2020.
He stated, One year has passed since the General and Regional Elections of March 2nd, 2020. The Guyanese people went out to vote peacefully and orderly on that day, little suspecting that after the counting of the votes at the places of the poll, a devious plot would be triggered to subvert the democratic will of the people.
Fortunately, this plot did not succeed. The Guyanese people were determined to resist and repel the public mischief which was being orchestrated. Were it not for the vigilance, courage, and resoluteness of our Guyanese people, supported by the international community and witnessed by the international election observers, and our country would have returned to the dark days of tyranny.
Brave men and women – of all ages, classes, ethnicities, and political affiliation – came together in a heroic battle to defend our Motherland from one of its gravest threats: the attempt to trample the democratic will of the people. This defense of this right and the fact that it enjoyed the support of a wide cross-section of fair-minded Guyanese manifested our people’s resolve to live in a free society as “One People, One Nation, One Destiny.”
March 2nd has therefore become a celebration of our people’s stoic defense of democracy. It represents the determination of our people to maintain Guyana as a democratic state that respects the rule of law, the separation of powers, and the people’s expressed will through free and fair elections.
Furthermore, he added, “I have decided to institute a national award, the Order of Democracy, to recognize the contributions of those individuals and organizations who defied the riggers and defended our democracy. The names of those to be invested with the Order of Democracy will be announced later this year.”
A resident commented, “Yes! Justice shall prevail! I can’t believe it has been a year already. So proud of the way you and your party conducted themselves throughout this ordeal. More importantly, you have done an excellent job bringing Guyana from the gutter to a position where we can see better days ahead.”