By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Acting Chief Justice Ian Chang on Tuesday, June 23 granted a motion by the Elections Agent of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Ganga Persaud, for the Party to petition the results of the 2015 General and Regional Elections.
With the motion being granted, it is expected that the PPP/C will file its elections petition sometime this week – which would ask that the court grant an order for a forensic recount of votes from the May 11 polls.
The PPP, which has been in office for the past 23 years, was defeated at the elections by the APNU+AFC coalition by just under 5000 votes. Since then, the Party has not recognized the new government following its installation 38 days ago.
A copy of the motion was obtained by iNews and it details several grounds to support the Party’s claims that the elections were rigged in favour of the APNU+AFC coalition at the level of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).
The motion asks that leave be granted for Persaud to initiate an elections petition, in accordance with the provisions of the National Assembly (Validity of Elections) Act to determine whether the General and Regional Elections were lawfully conducted and whether the results were altered.
Some of the more glaring allegations made by the Party in the petition include claims that persons voted multiple times and persons whose names were not on the Official List of Electors were allowed to vote.
PPP said that several ballot boxes from varying polling stations “were either not sealed or improperly sealed with the authorised seals at the close of polls.”
“The system, process and procedure used to intermix the Disciplined Services ballots with that of the general electorate is unknown, irregular and clandestine, rendering it impossible to confirm whether that which was intermixed was disciplined services ballots at all,” the motion states.
The Party also claims that votes cast in favour of the PPP/C were subtracted from its total and added to the APNU+AFC on varying Statements of Poll.