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GUYANA VOTES | More anomalies found in Guyana's election recount - 608 boxes counted

  • Written by Calvin G Brown - wiredja.com
  • Published in Politics
Featured Arthur Chung Convention Centre where the national recount is under way. Arthur Chung Convention Centre where the national recount is under way.
DPI, Guyana, Monday, May 18, 2020 - More anomalies have been discovered as the recount of the ballots cast at the March 2, General and Regional Elections moves into its thirteenth day.

Speaking to members of the media today, counting agent for the Alliance for Change (AFC) Varun Mohabir said the irregularity was found in one of the ballot boxes for District Four at the Diamond Nursery School.

Mohabir related that when box 4124 was brought to Station Eight to begin the recount, it was discovered the incorrect Official List of Electors (OLE) was in the box because the official OLE stated there were 366 electors but only 319 votes were issued.

The matter was brought to the attention of a supervisor and it was during their investigation of the matter that the correct OLE for the Diamond Nursery School was found in box 4122 at Station 10.

It was highlighted that both boxes were resealed and returned to the container to await a decision from the commission.

Additionally, while the recount for Region One has been completed, there were several discrepancies found.  A total of 47 certificates of employment (COEs) are missing from 26 boxes examined which puts in doubt the credibility of numerous votes.

Fifty (50) COEs were recorded on the OLEs for these boxes but only three were found in the respective boxes. Further, in ballot box 1045, there was no OLE. The only content in this box was the total ballots used.

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Guyana Elections Commission’s Public Relations Officer Yolanda Ward

Responding to queries GECOM PRO Yolanda Ward said that there is nothing in Guyana’s laws that stipulates how the election body should handle this situation. She noted that based on the findings of the investigations the most GECOM can do is recommend that the POs not be employed with GECOM in the future.

However, she noted that will have to be a decision of the commission after the investigation.

It was reported earlier that the boxes resealed and replaced in the container, however, Ward clarified that the ballots in both boxes were counted.

Also, following the completion of the recount of Region One yesterday, there were several discrepancies found.

A total of 47 certificates of employment (COEs) are missing from the 26 boxes examined. Fifty (50) COEs were recorded on the OLEs for these boxes but only three were found in the respective boxes.

Further, in ballot box 1045, there was no OLE. The only contents in this box were the total ballots used.

It was noted that these anomalies put in doubt the credibility of numerous votes.

At the close of today’s recount, the recount of all ballots cast on March 2, at the General and Regional elections for Region Two has been completed.

At the end of day 13 of the recount, a total of 54 ballot boxes were completed. This includes nine boxes processed for Region 2, seventeen boxes for Region 3, thirteen boxes for Region 4, twelve for Region 5 and three for Region 6.

The tabulation of Statements of Recount General (SORs) saw 608 recorded for the General Election and 609 for the Regional.

With the completion of the counting of ballots for Region Two, that brings the total number of regions completed to two, this includes Region One.

Guyana Elections Commission’s Public Relations Officer Yolanda Ward said that the counting agents are currently working on Regions Three, Four, Five and Six noting that the recount process for Region Seven will begin tomorrow.

This she noted is possible following the establishment of two additional work stations. One will be allotted to Region Seven and the other to Region Six in adding to the two work stations already allotted to that district.

“From tomorrow, we are going to be counting regions three, four, five, six and seven simultaneously,” Ward stated.

Last modified onTuesday, 19 May 2020 07:22
  • Countries: Guyana