All - Please see the news article below.
Today Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland added his support to a statement calling on the APNU-AFC to concede the election to the PPP. Such a concession would be based on the acceptance of fraudulent votes. I am quite sure that Senator Cardin would not wish to be seen as supporting electoral fraud.
Kindly take a moment to call his office at (202) 224-4524 and leave a message encouraging him to hold a townhall (on-line meeting) with the many Guyanese Americans in his constituency who wish to hear his reason for signing on to this statement and who would also wish share their views on this matter. If you disagree with his position, please say that in your message as well.
Please pass this request on to as many Guyanese Americans and all Marylanders who would wish to see integrity in our electoral processes. We need as many calls as possible to Senator Cardin to make a difference.
I hope that you will call today and throughout the weekend. Multiple calls are ok. Congress only responds when large numbers of citizens show that they care about an issue.
Leave a message. Leave your name and contact information if you are comfortable with that. Ask to be contacted with a response.
You may also email Senator Cardin at https://www.cardin.senate.gov/contact/email-ben
I have copied below the text of the email I sent, should you wish to use it. So that they can quickly scan and sort the emails, we should all use the same subject line. Mine stated: Senator Are you really supporting electoral fraud in Guyana? For emails, choose Foreign Relations as your topic
Please let me know that you received this urgent request and whether you'll be able to take this action.
A lot is at stake here.
Thank you for your help on this.
Text of my message:
Senator Cardin: Are you really supporting electoral fraud in Guyana?
I am a Guyanese American member of your constituency and am appalled that you have taken a position that interferes in the internal affairs of another nation, and in its electoral process - something we as Americans just experienced in 2016 and of which we disapprove in the strongest terms.
Senator, Guyanese have patiently and, above all, peacefully awaited the results of the March 2 elections. I am proud of their strong sense of doing what is right for the country and for being determined to eliminate fraud from the process. All have displayed the kind of citizenship that one sees in a mature democracy.
However, Sir, you signed on to a statement that read:
“Recent reports suggest questionable maneuvers by interested parties designed to continue forestalling a final declaration of results, which members of the press say indicates a defeat for the incumbent government. President Granger should honor the will of the Guyanese people and concede.
You have been horribly misled. For President Granger to concede, the Guyanese public must accept that the government will be turned over to the party that won fewer valid votes but acquired the most invalid or fraudulent votes. Is this your wish, Sir? That the election should be determined by the most fraudulent votes? The Recount process was intended to provide transparency and to raise the Guyanese democracy above corruption. Are you suggesting that the citizens of Guyana endorse fraud? Should it become a way of life there?
I urge you to quickly convene a meeting of the many Guyanese Americans in your constituency so that we can understand your position on this matter.
Olive B. Sampson
The Official U.S. Senate website of Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland