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SURINAME | Santokhi expects NDP to support election of new president

  • Written by  Ivan Cairo - DWTonline.com
  • Published in Politics
Featured VHP President Chandrikapersad Santokhi expects that the NDP will not interfere with the election of the president and vice president in parliament| Photo: Irvin Ngariman VHP President Chandrikapersad Santokhi expects that the NDP will not interfere with the election of the president and vice president in parliament| Photo: Irvin Ngariman
PARAMARIBO – June 1, 2020 -  VHP President and the man who is expected to become the next president of Suriname, Chandrikapersad Santokhi says he is seeking cooperation from NDP’s Chairman President Desi Bouterse to cooperate in electing the new president to the National Assembly (DNA).

Unofficially, the VHP got 20 seats in the elections, while the NDP had only managed to get sixteen seats.

The VHP, Abop, NPS and PL, which are working to form a coalition government, have 33 seats together, but 34 votes are needed to elect the president and vice president in parliament.

According to Santokhi, it makes no sense to force a United People's Assembly (VVV) where 934 persons are entitled to vote, and a simple majority is required to elect the president and vice-president.

The VVV is made up of members of parliament, resort and district councils.

The VHP chairman tells DWTonline, that in the same manner the NDP approached his party in 2015 to have the new president directly elected to parliament because the NDP then had the majority in VVV, he expects the party of President Desi Bouterse to do the same.

 "The VHP alone  without adding the seats of Abop, NPS and PL,  has a majority in the Tourist Office," said Santokhi.

All political parties that participated in the May 25 elections have submitted to the preliminary results, although the results of the Paramaribo constituency have not yet been processed.

Santokhi says that in Nickerie his party has won the majority of the seats in at least 75 percent of the resorts; in Wageningen "one and in Paramaribo and Saramacca "almost everything".

In the meantime, the NDP has submitted a letter to the Independent Electoral Agency (OKB) asking for a recount in Paramaribo.

Santokhi argues that VHP lawyers have looked at the request but see no cases that warrant a recount. "Serious things should have happened and evidence should be given as to why a recount is being requested. Some crazy things have happened here and there, but they cannot be a reason to start counting again."

Last modified onMonday, 01 June 2020 22:03
  • Countries: Suriname