Opposition wins election in Guyana, recount underway

According to information coming out of Guyana, the coalition A partnership for National Unity – Alliance for Change has eked out a 5,360-vote victory.

The six-party grouping captured 206,817 votes to the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP/C) 201,457 votes from the Monday, 11th May, elections.

The Guyana Elections Commission, in updating the media today at the Pegasus Hotel, said that based on the preliminary results, the coalition is leading after verification of the 2,299, polling stations.

They were also leading in Regional Elections as well, but with a much smaller margin.

Based on the exit poll results obtained by MiyVue.com, APNU+AFC picked up 201,324 votes and the PPP/C 198,148 votes, a difference of 3,176.

However, the PPP/C had laid a challenge for votes to be recounted in all ten districts in selected boxes, but after the announcement, the party called for a full recount of all boxes in the country.

With the victory, the coalition will now control both the Presidency and the National Assembly, as the commission has confirmed that the party has a one-seat majority in the House, 33-32 in the 65-seat parliament.

The official declaration is expected to be announced on Friday, after the recount is over, but the PPP/c leader and incumbent President, Donald Ramotar has indicated that he will not concede because he thinks that the 2015 General Elections were “rigged”.

“I cannot concede that I lost this election,” Ramotar said.“We are convinced that these elections were rigged.”

Meanwhile the Private Sector Commission in Guyana has welcomed the release of the results of the General and Regional Elections of 2015 by the election commission.

The body, in a statement this afternoon, urged all the people in Guyana to accept the results.

“We have every reason to believe that the results reflect the will of the people of Guyana. We urge the leaders to move forward in a spirit of unity, trust and reconciliation, as we continue to build our beloved Guyana,” the release reads.

Guyana is a multi-racial society, and it has for a number of years moved away from race based voting, and it was reflected in the results several Guyanese said.

Just recently Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris told this publication that he is willing to continue fostering a relationship with Guyana in the area of agriculture.

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