The GECOM Chair made the declaration on Sunday following receipt of the final elections report from the Chief Election Officer, Keith Lowenfield, based on the numbers from the recount as stipulated by the both the Guyana Court of Appeals and the Guyana Supreme Court.
The win by the PPP will see that party going back into government with 33 seats while the APNU+AFC will have to settle with having 31 seats, while the Joinder parties (ANUG, JFAP, TNM) will have one seat among them in Parliament.
In his report to the GECOM Chair, Lowenfield saidthe recount revealed “that the numerical count of the ballots cast for each list of candidates does not reflect the true will of the electors.
The evidence provided with respect to voter impersonation has been verified by the relevant authorities by way of immigration records and deceased reports,” he said.
Using the tabulations from the recount, the report shows that the PPP got 233, 336 votes while the APNU+AFC got 217, 920 votes and the joinder parties 5,214 votes.
Lowenfield reiterated his position that he does not believe that with the number of anomalies discovered during the recount, the final declaration truly reflects the will of the people.
This declaration 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.
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 that “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.”
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 the PPP/C ahead of the APNU+AFC by just over 15,000 votes.
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