The Guyana Police Fore says it is unaware of any plan to “illegally” detain persons thus preventing them from voting on Election Day. The Force’s communication department on May 8 said that it has been professional throughout the election period and remain that way as Election Day draws closer.
The agency warned however that citizens should remain lawful and prevent possible detention. The police said cognizant of utterances by the A Partnership for National Unity+ Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) Coalition in which it was stated that they are in receipt of credible information that there is a plan to detain and arrest an unusually large number of persons over the weekend and on Election Day on spurious grounds in a deliberate effort to prevent these persons from voting, “the Guyana Police Force advised members of the public that the police plan is to act professionally in providing security for the General and Regional Elections.”
The agency said it has been acting professionally during the campaign period so far, and intends to continue until the end of the process.
It was mentioned too that the Force met with representatives of the Coalition and is surprised at the new revelation since there was no mention of the alleged plan.
The police said they have discussed with the Coalition, their operation and security plans, while a list of contact telephone numbers, including cell phone numbers of all the Police Divisional Commanders were provided to the party’s Campaign Manager Raphael Trotman.
“The Guyana Police Force wishes to assure members of the public, including supporters of all political parties, that if they breach the laws they are likely to be arrested; and if they conduct themselves lawfully, they will be protected. There is no plan neither for any mass arrests nor the illegal arrest of anyone.”