Guyana Election: PPP/C Victory

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, August 31, 2006 – The Peoples Progressive Party/Civic has emerged as the unofficial winners of the August 28th Guyana election.

With ballots from 1,900 polling places counted as of last night, the incumbent party seemed set for another five years, leading with 174,155 votes, compared to 105,388 for the Peoples National Congress Reform- One Guyana party. The Alliance for Change was third with 26,094 in an election marred by low voter turnout.

The Bharrat Jagdeo-led PPP/C has so far unofficially won in all regions except, 4 and 10, home to large pockets of Afro-Guyanese voters.  Officials of the Guyana Elections Commission are set to release the official results at 10 this morning. As of 11 p.m. last night, there were votes from 999 polling places still to be accounted for.

Meanwhile, in an address to the nation last night, head of the PNCR-1G, Robert Corbin, admitted that the unofficial results point to that fact that the ethnic voting patterns in the August 28th election have remained deep-seated. But he stressed that his party “… is firmly committed to an environment of peace with justice for all the citizens of this country and therefore, has and can have, no interest in creating or encouraging conditions of instability.”

And he urged the political leadership of Guyana to work to devise a new model of governance for Guyana “where all stakeholders can feel confident that they will be included in the process” and to face the “hardened perception among a substantial section of the Afro-Guyanese community and that they could not survive five more years of the PPP/C rule.”

Looking to the future, in a subtle admission of defeat, Corbin, however, warned that his party would work to “prevent the PPP/C from continuing its policy of the arbitrary use of power and the resources of the state to victimize, marginalize and humiliate those persons who have supported the PNCR-1G and other opposition parties.”

And ending with an almost somber note he stated, “I urge you to continue to pray for Guyana.”

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