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SURINAME | Coalition wants to form new government, urges speedy electoral declaration

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Featured SURINAME | Coalition wants to form new government, urges speedy electoral declaration
PARAMARIBO – June 5, 2020 - Suriname’s victorious political parties which intend to form the new governing coalition following the May 25 elections, are demanding a speedy formalization of the election results, so they can form a government.

According to  the VHP, Abop, NPS, and PL, "The slow pace of the election authorities, including the main polling station Paramaribo, shows little respect for the voter, who has spoken clearly," they said in a press release.

On Thursday, the Paramaribo polling station announced the results of the Paramaribo electoral district.

The cooperating political parties indicate that the Constitution clearly states that "Within thirty days of the election of the members of the National Assembly, this body shall meet ..." to admit the new members, elect a chairman and immediately proceed to the work. starts.

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The seventeen elected Assembly Members in Paramaribo Constituency according to the unofficial results of the Interior.

Since the elections were held on May 25, the new parliament should have met by June 24, which means that all formal work should have been completed by now.

The parties are calling on the electoral authorities to finalize the election results without any delay, so that the Constitution can be observed. They pointed out that the result of the election is already known with the DNA seat distribution: VHP 20, NDP 16, ABOP / PL 10, NPS 3 and Bep 2. All political parties with the exception of the NDP, have accepted the election results.

"In a democracy, the incumbent government should lead by example by accepting the result as soon as possible. Parts of the NDP have since accepted the result, but the leadership of the NDP has not yet. Instead, we see that this party party’s leadership placing all kinds of obstacles on the way to prevent the transition to a new government, thereby ignoring the will of the people, who gave the new coalition a clear mandate of 33 seats," said the new coalition.

The spokesperson for the coalition said the population of Suriname has gone through a very difficult period and with the COVID-19 situation the economic situation is only getting worse.

The new government must therefore get to work quickly. The cooperating parties have received a broad and firm mandate from 182,198 voters - two thirds of the voters - to govern and will also do this in the interests of the country and the people, it is alleged.

The political parties also point out that business organizations have already called for a rapid transition because they have seen many bankruptcies and rising unemployment.

Many families are in serious trouble. An "unnecessary delay in the determination of the outcome by political games of the incumbent government is against the public interest".  The cooperating parties expect the election process to be completed in the coming week and will not accept any further delay.The seventeen elected Assembly Members in Paramaribo Constituency according to the unofficial results of the Interior.

Last modified onFriday, 05 June 2020 18:21
  • Countries: Suriname