The Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) has claimed that it has won over 60% of the votes cast in the seventy (70) Local Authority Areas (LAA) which the party contested. In a press statement issued moments ago, the PPP/C said “we are on the way to reclaiming our country, saving it from ruin and destruction by the hands of those who have demonstrated their only interest in government is to be revengeful, spiteful and discriminatory”. It must noted that GECOM has not yet made any official declaration of the 2016 LGE Results.
Here is the full statement issued by the PPP/C:
The People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) wishes to thank its supporters for coming out in their numbers to vote solidly in favour of the PPP/C at the just-concluded Local Government Elections (LGE). Thousands of members and volunteers demonstrated their commitment and courage to take our country out of the hands of the oppressive APNU/AFC regime, through their long and tireless hours of work: door-to-door campaigns, educating communities on the PPP/C’s vision for development, among other commendable activities. As a result of this overwhelming electoral support, the PPP/C emerged victorious with over 60% of the votes cast in the seventy (70) Local Authority Areas (LAA) which the party contested.
So impressive was the victory that the party won the majority of votes in some Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) where traditionally it had limited or no support. And this was in spite of the threats and intimidatory tactics used by APNU/AFC government towards residents at Bartica and elsewhere, as well as the obnoxious abuse of State resources by the government and vote-buying handouts from the Ministry of Social Cohesion at Bartica, Mabaruma and Lethem.
The Party wishes to notify of its intention to raise these abuses of State resources by the APNU+AFC in the National Assembly and to call for a full- scale investigation into the matter. Further, the party calls on the International Community to take note of this troublesome development which clearly undermines and erodes confidence in the electoral process in Guyana.
The impressive victories scored by the PPP/C clearly vindicates its long held view that the Party was always prepared to contest Local Government Elections and could never be held responsible for delaying these elections. The party reiterates that all the delays for the holding of Local Government Elections were due to the persistent street demonstrations, legal and other challenges raised by those who used every possible means to throw up obstacles on the path for Local Government Elections. The Opposition Leader pointed to the Joint Task Force on Local Government Reform between the then governing PPP/C and the Opposition PNC which deliberated for 8-years with little success. That Committee was eventually disbanded by former President Jagdeo who had opted to unilaterally table the Local Government Bills but the PNC Leader Robert Corbin had indicated his party was unwilling to support four pieces of those legislation.
As a Party we will continue to work hard to improve people’s lives and to prevent democracy from sliding backward. We are on the way to reclaiming our country, saving it from ruin and destruction by the hands of those who have demonstrated their only interest in government is to be revengeful, spiteful and discriminatory.
The PPP/C is impressed by the generosity, unity and solidarity of its supporters, members and volunteers as they collectively embrace the democratic process and delivering victory to the Party. Without every single one of you, the dream for a better Guyana would be impossible.
The PPP/C, as the official results become known, will be elaborating further.