Mar 20, 2016 News
– PPP requests recount in District 6
The International Observers of the Local Government Elections (LGE) yesterday, declared that the elections were free, fair and credible.
The U.S. Embassy, British High Commission and Canadian High Commission yesterday congratulated the Guyanese populace on the democratic process that is, the LGEs which was conducted on Friday.
“We wish to reiterate our strong and considered opinion that the voting and counting processes in the Guyanese local government elections were free, fair, and credible,”.
The entities stated that their diplomatic observer teams, consisting of some 90 observers, which spread throughout nine regions, found nothing to question the integrity or credibility of the voting process.
The International Observers continued that “once again” the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has done a “credible job” in ensuring that “this critical election day phase of the process was free and fair.”
“We would like to congratulate Chairman Dr. Steve Surujbally, Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield, and the Commissioners and staff of the Guyana Elections Commission for their successful organization of these polls.”
Meanwhile, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), made several requests in District 6 for limited recounts of polls in several constituencies.
This was revealed by the Chief Elections Officer (CEO), Keith Lowenfield at a GECOM press conference yesterday.
“The request for recounts were made in the Municipality of Rose Hall, it’s a limited recount where the request is made for recounts in Constituencies 5 and 7. In the Municipality of Maida-Tarlogie, again on the Corentyne, there’s a request for a recount; limited recount in one particular constituency…and in Macedonia/Joppa Local Authority Area (request) for the recount of one constituency,”
In Rose Hall, Lowenfield said, there was a probable tie that might have resulted in the call for a recount.
Meanwhile, the issue in the other areas was strictly a “number games”; all numerical issues. The process was overall a smooth one.
Lowenfield continued that there are still some “statutory subsets” for GECOM to satisfy before the entire exercise can be brought to a close.
This, he said, will be done in a matter of days as is prescribed within the parameters of the laws that guide the conduct of these elections.
The election was held in 71 Local Authority Areas, which includes 62 Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) and nine municipalities – an overall total of 508 Constituencies.
Of the 508 constituencies,149 of these were a “no contest” since only one party would have expressed interest in contesting in the election.
A whopping 507,663 voters were captured on the Official Voters’ List and 1,562 Polling Stations were open to facilitate voting.
The Local Authorities (Elections) Act was amended in 2009 to include as many people as possible, apart from political parties to present themselves as candidates.
There were 83 groups, three political parties, 63 individual candidates three Political Parties, and 17 voluntary groups.
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