By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is currently mulling the idea of gazetting the results of the 2015 General and Regional Elections without including the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Members of Parliament since the Party is yet to submit the list.
PPP’s refusal to be relegated to Opposition status in Guyana’s parliament after 23 years in government has stymied the process of the elections results being gazetted as is required by law.
Section 99 of the Representation of the People’s Act stipulates that the results of the elections be publicly declared and published in the Gazette “as soon as possible but no later than 15 days” following elections day.
The published results indicate the number of votes cast for each list of candidates, the number of rejected ballot papers; the number of seats allocated to each list of candidates; and the names of the persons who, as a result of the election, have become members of the National Assembly.
GECOM’s Chairman Dr Steve Surujbally said that the commission would be meeting today to discuss whether it would gazette the results of the elections without the Party’s parliamentary nominees.
It should be noted that the APNU+AFC has already submitted its parliamentary nominees for the Eleventh session of parliament which is scheduled to commence in the near future.
Meanwhile, Former PPP Member, Ralph Ramkarran is urging that the Party take up its seats in the National Assembly to represent its electors.
“It is my view that they should got to parliament and participate in the activities of the National Assembly. They got 49% of the votes from the electorate and they have a duty to the electorate,” said the former Speaker of the National Assembly.