THE Inter Religious Organisation (IRO) is calling on the respective political leaders of Guyana to take charge and urge their supporters to remain calm and peaceful as the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) hears arguments in the elections challenge case.
The organisation, in a statement wrote, “IRO continues to pay close attention to the political situation in Guyana. We understand the enormous implications of these elections and we continue to pray and thank God for keeping the citizens engaged, yet calm and respectful. It is obvious that the COVID-19 threat and the political impasse, present a perfect storm of stress for the citizenry.”
Additionally, the organisation stated that to reduce the likelihood of any potential fallout, suggested that the political leaders meet publicly and address the issue of peace and calm and the acceptance of the results, regardless of which party wins and also that the followers of political parties tone down their vitriolic statements on social media and other means of expression.
IRO further stated that persons should refrain from wearing party colours to avoid conflict among each other. The organisation also made a call to media outlets to do their part in publishing content that lends to peace and unity, as well as promote unity and love by playing unifying music, particularly until the results are announced and the dust has settled. Additionally, they urged all religious bodies in the country to uplift the country in prayers. “The IRO believes that in unity there is strength and that if as Guyanese we remain prayerful and join hearts, these difficult times will pass without any escalation of violence or civil unrest, With God’s help we can do this!”