The General and Regional Elections in Guyana, 5 October, 1992

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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.



Electoral Reform

We were impressed with the extent of the legal and other reform measures undertaken in Guyana between 1990 and 1992. Over a long period before that, the confidence of opposition parties, the Guyanese public and indeed the international community in the electoral process had suffered considerable erosion. Serious criticisms had been persistently made, specifically alleging lack of transparency and fraud in the organisation and conduct of overseas, proxy and postal voting.


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