Senegal’s Former Prime Minister to Co-Lead Carter Center Election Observer Mission to Guyana

Former prime minister of Senegal, Aminata Touré

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Tuesday February 11, 2020 – Former prime minister of Senegal, Aminata Touré, will lead the Carter Center’s international election observation mission in Guyana next month, alongside Jason Carter, chairperson of the center’s Board of Trustees.

The Carter Center has had a core team and group of long-term observers in Guyana since early last month.

Touré and Carter, the grandson of former US President Jimmy Carter who founded the centre, will arrive in the days leading up to the election to meet with key stakeholders – including political party candidates, civil society organizations, government officials, and other international election observer missions – before observing polling, counting, and tabulation on March 2nd.

Touré said she is honoured to co-lead the mission, adding that it was hoped the election “will help move Guyana forward in the spirit of inclusive governance”.

“The Carter Center and my grandfather, President Carter, care deeply about democratic governance in Guyana,” Carter added in a statement issued yesterday.

“This election is an important opportunity for all Guyanese to rise above political divisions, respect democratic principles, and move together toward a brighter future. I look forward to returning to Guyana to observe this important election.”

The Carter Center is observing the polls at the invitation of the Guyana Government.

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