By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) says it has received over 1500 Statement of Polls and ballot boxes from some 2,299 polling stations across the country, but it is unable to provide any results given that they are still being processed.
GECOM’s Chairman Dr Steve Surujbally told a news conference that while more than half of the Statement of Polls was received, there are some delays.
“We were stymied a bit yesterday after the close of poll, there was an environment that precluded the healthy transmission of ballot boxes and statements of poll,” explained Dr Surujbally.
He reminded that GECOM is the only legally authorized entity that can release the results and is urging patience from the Guyanese public for the election results some sixteen hours after polling would have closed on Monday, May 11.
“I want to remind you as I have before, only GECOM can make that legitimate announcement relative to who has won….it seems not to be getting over to certain people….seems like they don’t read it or they don’t understand what we have said,” said Surujbally.
“We will not work outside the ambit of the law and if it takes time to get the law, the nation has to have patience,” the Chairman added.
Meanwhile, the Chief Election Officer Keith Lowenfield explained that thus far GECOM has received all of the results from District Four (Region Four – Demerara Mahaica).
He also pointed out that other areas that results have been received from include Regions Six, Three and Five.
All of the statements for Region Five have been received and Region three is almost complete with the exception of the Essequibo islands.
The Commission is expected to update the public with some preliminary results at 18:00hrs this evening.