By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) continued its protest action in front the headquarters of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Monday, June 01, calling for the elections body to conduct a comprehensive recount of the May 11 General and Regional Elections and for GECOM’s Chairman Dr Steve Surujbally to demit office.
Close to two hundred protesters led by members of the PPP’s Executive marched in a circular shouting for a recount of their votes. iNews spoke to a few of the protesters who seemed general ignorant of the elections process and on what grounds a recount can be constituted.
One woman in a very hostile tone said “no comment” when questioned by media operatives while another shouted that she just wanted her vote to be counted.
“We come here to know where is our vote…that is why we come here…all the protests I am here and PPP never lose an election in their life and the 2015 election is not a fair and a clean election and we need justice,” said one woman.
When questioned about her claims against the backdrop that the International and Local observers would have declared the elections “free and fair,” the woman responded that “all the observers knock one head, we don’t need that,” while a male protester proffered “It’s a cook up between GECOM, the APNU+AFC and the international observers and Surujbally is the biggest crook, he needs to go…animals are dying and they need help.”
PPP member, Romel Roopnarine when asked whether he believes it is impossible for the PPP to lose a free and fair elections, explained that “I am not saying that it is impossible but we are saying what is wrong with a recount? Why wouldn’t GECOM want to conduct a recount by simply opening 22 boxes?”
Meanwhile, PPP Executive Member, Anil Nandlall explained to iNews that the PPP’s petition to contest the results of the elections in the court of law “is being prepared” and can be expected “very soon.”
“The petition will be a comprehensive challenge in which we will have all the orders,” said Nandlall.
When questioned about the fact that International Observers have said there is no evidence to support the Party’s claim, Nandlall pointed out that “photocopies of Statements of Poll along with a spread sheet were provided to GECOM…so I don’t know how this contention is now arising.”