May 11 election date set for Guyana
Guyana's President Donald Ramotar has announced May 11 as the date for general and regional elections.
The announcement comes less than five years after his ruling People’s Progressive Party won the polls in November 2011.
Ramotar has been under severe pressure to name a date for the polls after proroguing Parliament last November.
President Ramotar said when he had prorogued the Parliament he was attempting to avoid further political conflict and seek avenues of political accommodation between his administration and opposition parties.
Ramotar said he had been given the assurance by the Guyana Elections Commission that it is prepared for the polls.
He said he intends to invite international observers to be a part of the elections process.
President Ramotar further said he expects political parties, the security services and the citizens to conduct themselves in a manner that would ensure continued peace and stability before, during and after the elections.
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