Guyana General and Regional Elections, 19 March 2001

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These Election Reports are the observations, conclusions and recommendations of Commonwealth Observer Groups. The SecretaryGeneral constitutes these observer missions at the request of governments and with the agreement of all significant political parties. At the end of a mission, a report is submitted to the SecretaryGeneral, who makes it available to the government of the country in question, the political parties concerned and to all Commonwealth governments. The report eventually becomes a public document.



Political Background

Since the end of the Second World War, Guyana's history has been dominated by two charismatic leaders: the lawyer Forbes Burnham and an American-educated dentist, Cheddi Jagan. Trade unions developed in the early 20th century, but the first major popular political organisations of the modern period were the Political Affairs Committee founded by Dr Jagan and the British Guiana Labour Party, led from 1949 by Mr Burnham. Both were established in 1946 and combined in 1950 to create the People's Progressive Party (PPP), which pressed for universal suffrage and later for independence from the United Kingdom.


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