By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) says that the legal requirements for the release of results for Guyana’s hotly contested May 11, 2015 General and Regional Elections is affecting the timely release of the results.
According to Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield, there are certain “checks and balances” in the Representation of the People’s Act that are being adhered to hence the results will be slow in coming.
He explained that should a Statement of Poll arrive at GECOM’s media centre and there was an arithmetical error, the law dictates that the Statement of Poll return to the Presiding Officer of whichever station that it came for it to be corrected.
Lowenfield said that the staff has discovered several anomalies and have followed the process.
He relayed that thus far GECOM has processed 279 Statements of Poll; however the elections management body is yet to receive any Statement of Polls from Regions One, Seven and Eight.
The processed statements have been those collected from all the other regions of the country.
Preliminary results of the 2015 General and Regional Elections released on Tuesday afternoon showed that the APNU+AFC is leading the People’s Progressive Party/Civic by some 6,797 votes in the General election.
The coalition also led the incumbent Party by some 4059 votes in the regional elections. GECOM noted that this is based on some 29,000 votes.
Despite GECOM’s figures both of the major political Parties held press conferences saying that they were in a “commanding lead.”
“You would have been hearing how everybody and his uncle giving results…I am not negating the possible rightness or wrongness of that which has been broadcast and put in the media,” said GECOM’s Chairman Dr Steve Surujbally.
He made the point that “we have to verify and justify a final statement and that is why our system would take longer…if were to do it like the other we would have a very interesting results.”