May 14, 2015 News
– as nation keenly awaits results announcement from GECOM
The atmosphere across the country yesterday continued to be mostly sombre as the entire nation awaited the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) announcement of the results of Monday’s national and regional elections.
Some sections of Georgetown for instance that are usually a hive of activity were noticeably quiet, with little to no people around. Many businesses remained closed, which has been the case since the elections on Monday.
Several persons this publication sought comments from yesterday, were convinced that the state of affairs was directly linked to the nation’s anxiety in relation to the elections.
Many parents have admitted to keeping their children at home because of the evident tension in the city.
As in the capital city, Linden was unusually quiet. In fact, one resident described the atmosphere in the mining town as being as cold as yesterday’s rainy weather. Based on the observation of Kaieteur News’ Correspondent’s Enid Joaquin “people were going about their business in a robotic kind of way.”
Joaquin informed too, that while there were rumours going around about no school being opened yesterday, this proved to be untrue. She however, disclosed that there was evidence of very low school attendance as was the case the previous day.
As such, she underscored that the general observation was that people were only going out on a “needs basis.”
“People are evidently waiting on the (elections) results…they are anticipating with trepidation,” added Joaquin.
But while an increased number of businesses were opened yesterday when compared to Tuesday, there was slight evidence of tension in sections of Berbice.
According to our Berbice Correspondent, Samuel Whyte, with the exception of a few businesses like the New Building Society (NBS) in New Amsterdam, which closed its doors around noon yesterday, other businesses operated their normal hours.
However, the evidence of tension was only observed at the schools which, he noted, had very low turnout rates. “Things are mostly normal in Berbice,” assured Whyte who also linked the slight tension observed to the wait for elections results.
The atmosphere on the Essequibo Coast, according to Essequibo Correspondent, Yannason Duncan, was also quite normal. During Duncan’s visit to sections of Anna Regina and Charity yesterday, she observed a normal level of activities.
But as in other parts of the country, Duncan said that there was poor school attendance. In an invited comment to Duncan, Regional Education Officer, Mrs Baramdai Seepersaud, insisted that the attendance rate was much improved than Tuesday. “Like everyone else, Essequibians are eagerly awaiting the announcement of the General and Regional results of the elections,” added Duncan.
Meanwhile, reports out of Bartica yesterday suggested that there has been no detectable ‘before and after’ elections tension. This is in spite of reports, that on Tuesday many residents were in celebratory mode as they were convinced even then, that the A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) Coalition had claimed the victory.
But according to Public Relations Officer, attached to the Bartica Interim Management Committee (IMC), Sherwyn Downer, the celebration did not continue yesterday.
According to him, business places, schools and all other organisations were in full operation as per norm. “School children are going and coming in their numbers…people are going to work as normal; people are in the market buying and selling as per normal,” assured Downer yesterday.
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