No official results in Guyana elections, but major parties claiming victory

But in the post election wait, controversy began brewing in Guyana, because the Guyana Election Commission (GECOM) has not yet made an official announcement. Meanwhile, the political parties have been filling the void with their own information.

Opposition coalition APNU-AFC has claimed victory at the polls by a whopping 20,000 votes, but the incumbent Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) has rubbished those claims and figures presented, and, they too have announced that they are leading at the polls.

The two major parties that contested the May 11 elections have announced conflicting results based on the Statement of Polls (SOPs) that they have in their possession.

According to the coalition, A Partnership for National Unity-Alliance for Change (APNU-AFC), they are claiming to have recorded a total of 182,176 votes to the PPP’s 157,947 votes.

This figure, the combined opposition told a media conference on Tuesday, is based on numbers they have tabulated from 2,025 of the 2,099 polling stations around the country.

 

At the present time, with 2,025 Statement of Polls counted (or 88%) the APNU+AFC has 182,176 votes, while the PPP has 157,947 a variance of 24,229 votes.

 

“The APNU+AFC coalition, therefore, after careful examination of the results can be seen to have a commanding lead in the polls. APNU+AFC continues to urge its supporters to remain calm as the official announcement of the results of the elections is awaited,” officials of the coalition are reporting.

 

Ram-PPPHowever, the incumbent PPP, in a hastily arranged press conference shortly after, condemned that announcement, claiming that they have retained power.

President Donald Ramotar indicated that his party has won more votes than the combined opposition has revealed.

 

“The Peoples Progressive Party has noted the APNU-AFC elections declaration, despite GECOM’s continuous warning against such acts…the PPP has its own tally based on the Statement of Polls but refuse to make a declaration…while we remain optimistic about remaining in office, our party has always demonstrated a sense of responsibility with regards to Guyana and Guyanese, the same cannot be said for the opposition,” Ramotar said on Tuesday.

 

“Our figures are almost directly opposite to what the Statement of Polls we have or indirectly opposite to what they have announced just now. The figures that we have from our statement of polls of 2213 statements of polls, shows that the PPP/Civic is leading with 182,664 while the APNU-AFC have 151,055 votes,” the president stated.     

 

But the coalition in its press conference did not deny that they lost those regions, but stated that they have picked up significant votes from those regions.

 

The party is also contending that they have convincingly won the key battleground regions of number four and ten, with a much larger margin than it did in the previous elections.

But with the bickering and struggle continuing over who won the elections, the Guyana Elections Commission has put a dent in both parties, saying that they are the only authorized agency to disclose the “official results” and make a pronouncement on who is victorious at the polls.

 

GECOM revealed to the media in Guyana at a press conference Tuesday evening that they have met obstacles in having the Statement of Polls from several hinterland regions transported to its Georgetown based office, because there is severe weather that is affecting those areas.

 

The delay in the announcement of the official results have left some folks in Guyana agitated, and both parties are calling for calm, along with the ambassadors from the ABC countries.

 

The Guyana Election Commission indicated that an announcement on which party won the elections will be made today, Wednesday, 13th May 2015.


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