GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jun 7, CMC – Guyana moved into the next stage of the verification of the disputed March 2 regional and general elections on Sunday after the final ballot box in the re-count exercise was completed and the main opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) claiming victory.
Unofficial final result shows, according to the Stabroek News this morning, shows that the opposition PPP/C will win the presidency and 33 seats in Parliament with the incumbent APNU+AFC securing 31 and the list joining parties of LJP, ANUG and TNM capturing one.
“I want to make it very clear that this phase of the exercise is not over until the declaration is made but the recount is over and we have inputted all the SORs (Statements of Recount) and the results are showing exactly what we said with our SOPs (Statements of Poll), the PPP/Civic, would win these elections by well over 15,000 votes,” PPP Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali told reporters.
Agents of the two main political parties with the last ballot box counted in Guyana’s elections.
Ali said it was now time for the country to settle down and await the final declaration from the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).
But earlier, the ruling coalition, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) sad that GECOM cannot use any “fraudulent” votes to declare “credible” results of the elections.
“What was uncovered throughout the recount process and magnified on Thursday, June 4th, Friday, June 5th, Saturday, June 6th and Sunday, June 7th nakedly exposed the smoking gun of the obscene People’s Progressive Party illegality on the East Coast of Demerara which is ‘the nest’ in perpetrating fraud on the March 2, 2020, General and Regional Elections,” the APNU said in a statement.
The APNU said that there is no option but for GECOM to reject all ballots, in all 10 districts, that cannot be validated, adding that some of the votes cast in theLower East Coast of Demerara, which cannot be validated there alone, amount to “tens of thousands.”
“These votes are bogus, fraudulent and cannot withstand scrutiny,” it said, adding “what was uncovered in the ballot boxes from polling places on the lower East Coast Demerara provides unequivocal and incontrovertible evidence that massive and systematic electoral fraud was unleashed on March 2nd.”
The ruling coalition said the pattern is clear and shows where the coalition won, the documents are in the boxes, but where the PPP “won”, the documents are missing.
“Numerous sealed ballots boxes, exclusively in PPP stronghold areas, when opened, were missing all relevant documents legally required to legitimize the process, ” it added.
But Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has dismissed the allegations, saying that the APNU has “lost the elections.
“They lost the elections from day one and have refused to come to grips with that fact,” he told reporters.
On Saturday, President David Granger in a radio and television broadcast said the population should await the completion of all four stages of the national recount process.
“I encourage everyone to await the completion of the four stages – the current recount, the reports of the Chief Elections Officer and the CARICOM (Caribbean Community) observers, the review by the Elections Commission and the declarations of the final results by the Chairman of the Commission.”
GECOM had undertaken the recount of the ballots cast in the elections after both the ruling coalition and the main opposition party claimed victory in the election that had been observed by national, regional and international observers.
Granger noted that the Chief Elections Officer (CEO) is obligated to present a matrix of results from each electoral district coupled with a summary of the observation reports from each electoral district and reiterated his pledge to accept the declarations of the results by GECOM.
“I am committed to upholding the Constitution and the rule of law. I respect the integrity and autonomous nature of the Elections Commission. I will abide by the declarations of the Elections Commission as I have abided by the rulings of the Court.” he said.