By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – More than 36 hours after the 2,299 polling stations across the country closed polls for the General and Regional Elections of May 11, 2015, Guyana is still holding its breath eagerly anticipating the announcement of the results from the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).
Guyana has a history of post-election violence which are usually politically charged as political factions have a tendency of challenging the results of the elections as announced by GECOM.
Chairman of the Private Sector Commission (PSC), Ramesh Persaud has already said that the “business community is very nervous” as he reflected on Guyana’s not so attractive history with respect to polls.
He made the statement in the context that there was a civil unrest in South Sophia – a rural part of Georgetown on the night of May 11 which saw millions of dollars in personal property being torched.
Indeed for a place that is always a traffic nightmare and happens to be Guyana’s commercial central, – Regent Street on Wednesday May 13 appeared quite desolate with sparse vehicles on the road.
Some parents have stopped sending their children to school hoping the eerie atmosphere of tension would blow over and things return to the norm, but until then – no school.
The main challenger for the government post, APNU+AFC has said that the call for a recount is nothing more than a delay tactic.
GECOM for its part has already stated that it would need proper legal consultation on whether or not they can proceed with the recounting of the ballots.
While all of the Statements of Poll have been received by GECOM, they has not yet been processed. The nation now tensely awaits the final results from the election body.