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GUYANA | GECOM cleared to finally announce winner of March 2 General Elections

  • Written by Calvin G. Brown - Wiredja.com
  • Published in Politics
Opposition leader Bharrat Jagdeo and President David Granger Opposition leader Bharrat Jagdeo and President David Granger
Georgetown, Guyana Aug. 2, 2020 - The Guyana Elections Commission is to make a declaration on the results of the March 2, National and Regional elections, which is expected to show the opposition Peoples Progressive party winning the elections over the incumbent A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC).

This follows a telephone meeting this morning between President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on the current electoral situation and the way forward.

The meeting was at the request of Chair of the Guyana Elections Commission, retired Justice Claudette Singh following a suggestion by the Government nominated GECOM Commissioners during the Commission’s meeting this morning, during which the CEO presented his report as ordered by the Appeals Court.

In a statement after the telephone meeting, the President’s office said the President has recognised that the Commission has a legal obligation as a result of the recent ruling of the Court of Appeal, to proceed with a declaration.

The statement added: “President Granger said that notwithstanding that declaration, the APNU+ AFC coalition maintains that the anomalies and irregularities which have been uncovered during the recount process cannot be accepted and will form the grounds for an election petition.”

Guyana’s courts have ruled that the recount data must be used to declare the results after which any aggrieved party can mount a challenge by filing an election petition to the High Court.

The President said based on the recent Guyana Court of Appeal ruling, the Guyana Elections Commission has “a legal obligation as a result of the recent ruling of the Court of Appeal, to proceed with a declaration.”

In another section of the press, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo was quoted as saying that the two agreed that there must be a declaration of the results before there could be any other conversation about the way forward.

Today marks five months since the 2nd of March elections. The Court of Appeal recently agreed with a High Court ruling that the tabulation figures from the vote recount must be used to compile the final report for the election declaration.

Those undeclared figures have the PPP/C ahead of the APNU+AFC by just over 15,000 votes.

Of the 460,352 valid votes that were recounted, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) stands to be declared the winner with 233,336 as opposed to the APNU+AFC’s 217,920.

The three ‘joinder’ parties- A New and United Guyana (ANUG), Liberty and Justice Party (LJP) and The New Movement (TNM) got a total of 5,214 votes.

  • Countries: Guyana