GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Thursday May 14, 2015 – The coalition of A Partnership for National Unity and the Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) has retained the lead, though marginal, in the second set of results released from Monday’s polls.
According to the results from 1,809 statements of polls (SOPs) – out of a total 2,299 – released by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), the APNU+AFC secured 157,347 votes, just 43 more than the ruling People’s Progressive Party (PPP/C) which garnered 157,304 votes.
Chief election officer Keith Lowenfield said the commission had been unable to provide information on all SOPs because of the recounts requested by the PPP/C.
He said the party had initially only requested recounts in Districts 1, 2 and 8 but an additional request was made yesterday for recounts in all 10 regions.
The APNU+AFC coalition has been critical of the long wait for final results.
In a statement issued yesterday evening, it expressed “immense disappointment” with GECOM’s “selective announcement of results”, saying the elections body was “cherry picking” SOPs.
“This is being specifically done by excluding statements of polls from Region 4 where the coalition has established a significant lead,” it said.
“Further, APNU+AFC is particularly appalled that GECOM reneged on a solemn commitment to announce 94 per cent of the results [Wednesday] evening. This commitment was made by the GECOM commissioners to an APNU+AFC delegation led by the presidential candidate Brigadier David Granger. Instead, GECOM announced 78 per cent of the results while deliberately excluding large numbers of SOPs from Region 4.”
— Samuel Sukhnandan (@samsukhnandan87) May 14, 2015
Former United States President Jimmy Carter also urged GECOM to release the election results and called on political leaders to act responsibly.
“I call on GECOM to urgently publicize all of the results that it has received and reviewed in Georgetown. Political leaders should act responsibly and allow GECOM to continue its work,” he said in a statement issued by the Carter Centre which sent a mission to monitor the elections.
“The law provides for recounts and the submission of election petitions following the declaration of results by GECOM. All sides should avoid taking unnecessary actions that could contribute to a climate of fear or threaten peace. I urge the Guyanese people to remain patient and to reflect the dignity and integrity of what took place on Election Day. The voters have spoken and the results will be available soon,” added Carter who left the island on Sunday, ahead of the voting, after falling ill.
— Nazima Raghubir (@nazrag) May 14, 2015