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GUYANA | Chief Elections Officer submits report with original Region Four declaration to give APNU+AFC win

  • Written by Wiredja Newsdesk
  • Published in Politics
Featured Chief Elections Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Keith Lowenfield Chief Elections Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Keith Lowenfield
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, July 11, 2020 - Chief Election Officer Keith Lowenfield on Saturday handed in his final report on the elections to the GECOM Chair showing the incumbent APNU+AFC with the majority of votes. However,  one of the PPP nominated Commissioners, Sase Gunraj, says the report as an “eyepass” or disrespect to the Commission, on the basis that Lowenfield was in violation of the instructions from the GECOM Chair.

Lowenfield’s latest report showed the valid votes cast as 475,118. Of that figure, the APNU+AFC won 236,777 votes while the PPP won 229,330 and the three joiner parties gaining 5090 votes. By his calculations, the APNU+AFC will be allocated 33 seats, the PPP will get 31 seats and the joiner list will get 1 seat.

The numbers in Lowenfield’s latest report differ from the total undeclared numbers from the recount.

The Elections Commission could not discuss the report today as the Government nominated members were not present for a meeting of the Commission.

PPP nominated Commissioner Sase Gunraj told reporters that the Lowenfield numbers are wrong again and the numbers do not reflect the numbers from the recount.

On Friday, Mr. Lowenfield suggested that it would contradict the Caribbean Court of Justice’s (CCJ) ruling to use the recount data because they were not done under the hand of the Returning Officers and counting agents.

report 640The report is based on the 10 declarations dating back to March and includes the one from Region Four that show bloated figures in favour of A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) with 136,057 and 77,231 for the PPP.

The recounted votes show that APNU+AFC got 116,941 and the PPP 80,920.  That was the only region whose votes were called into major question by the PPP.

The results that Mr. Lowenfield submitted on Saturday increases the number of valid votes cast to 475,118 instead of the 460,352 votes that were recounted and certified as valid. In his latest report, David Granger’s APNU+AFC got 33 seats, the PPP 31 and the three joinder parties 1 seat.

The recounted votes gave the PPP a one-seat majority in the 65-seat National Assembly.

“Lowenfield eyepass this Commission”, Gunraj lamented as he indicated that a meeting of the Commission will now have to be set to decide on its next move.

Lowenfield’s final report was expected to be handed in yesterday at 2pm. However, he sought a number of clarifications from the Chair raising questions about the CCJ’s ruling and her instructions for the Recount Order to be used for the final results while still depending on aspects of the Representation of the People Act.

The GECOM Chair re-enforced her earlier request for the report to be done based on the Certificates of Recount. Lowenfield handed in his report just after 11 this morning.

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  • Countries: Guyana