[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Commissioners representing the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) have rebuffed comments made by Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally that he was not informed of a high voter turnout at some polling stations during the November 28, 2011 general and regional elections.
The follows an allegation which was recently made by former President, Bharrat Jagdeo that there were stuffed ballot boxes during the last elections; however the GECOM Chairman had rejected those claims, nothing that it was a figment of Jagdeo’s imagination and that the Commission was never informed of such.
But the PPP GECOM commissioners in a statement on Tuesday, April 28 noted that they presented such information to the Commission.
“We, the under signed Commissioners of the Guyana Elections Commission, note with concern and surprise, the position taken by Chairman Dr. Steve Surujbally, that instances of unusually high voter turnout at polling stations were not previously brought to his attention. We wish to go on record as having presented such information several months ago to him and the Secretariat staff,” the statement, which was signed by Mohamood Shaw and Athmaram Mangar, noted.
At the PPP/C rally at Stewartville, West Coast Demerara at the weekend, Jagdeo in urging international observers in Guyana for the May 11 elections to be vigilant at all polling stations alleged that ballot boxes were “stuffed” in some places during the 2011 elections.
Jagdeo told the crowd that “we know what happen in 2011. In some of the villages, where they threw our polling agents out or where we didn’t have polling agents, the vote went up from an average of 74% to 95%. They stuffed the boxes in those areas. We have to guard against that happening again”.
When asked to respond to Jagdeo, Dr Surujbally had told iNews: “If it is true what he is reported to have said then it’s a figment of his imagination. I have never heard of that, I have asked my staff and never heard of this accusation before.”