It is now more than two days following the holding of the much-anticipated Local Government Elections (LGE) and the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is yet to make an announcement of the Official Results.
GECOM’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Tamara Rodney, yesterday had given media houses the go-ahead to contact Returning Officers (ROs) for the various constituencies to seek out the results from them. She provided the media with the personal cellular phone contact for those ROs, but an hour later the Commission contacted the media asking it to hold on this.
However, in spite of public pressure from various quarters, up to this morning, GECOM has not made the official results known.
But, while GECOM has not officially announced the results, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has already claimed it has won a landslide victory in the elections.
On Sunday, the Party said votes won in the LGE in Barima-Waini (Region One) are equal to 13 seats as opposed to the 11 seats won by the coalition Government of A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC).
According to the Party, it has won in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) some 86 seats, while the coalition has won 20.
In Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), the Party said it won 182 seats with the coalition trailing with 66.
It claims a 159-seat victory in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) with the coalition Government following with 126 seats.
In the Mahaica-Berbice (Region Five) area, the Opposition claims a 79-seat win over Government’s 69 seats, while in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), the PPP/C said it has recorded a victory of 224 seats over the 72 garnered by Government.
However, over in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), the Opposition said it won a mere two seats compared to the coalition’s seats, while in Region Nine (Upper Takutu- Upper Essequibo), the coalition led with seven and the Opposition had three.
In Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), the Opposition lost outright, securing no seats, while Government led the way with 21. In total, the Opposition said it has some 748 seats with nine Regions, while Government has 406.
LGE 2016 came after 22 years, with the current Government taking much pride in being able to bring back local democracy to the general populace.
The local polls were held in 71 Local Authority Areas which comprise 62 NDCs and nine municipalities. Some 507,633 persons were registered to vote and according to GECOM, only 38-39 per cent of eligible voters actually participated.