PPP says E- counting must be “discussed” before implementation

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General Secretary of the PPP/C, Clement Rohee (right). [iNews’ Photo]
General Secretary of the PPP/C, Clement Rohee (right). [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The People’s Progressive Party on Tuesday said the introduction of machines for E-counting in the local electoral process must be discussed with all the stakeholders in a timely and transparent manner, prior to its implementation.

The opposition party, in a statement, noted the offer by Canada to provide voting machines for electronic counting of votes for Local Government Elections and the offer by the US Government to make available electronic tabulation of the results of elections.

“Whether the US offer is similar to the offer made by Canada is yet to be clarified. The PPP will be seeking clarification on this matter,” it said in a statement.

The Party reminded that it has already called for electoral reforms including enhanced biometrics and e-voting among others.

Further, the Party has indicated that legal steps would have to be instituted to facilitate the introduction of machines for electronic counting and for tabulation of votes at any elections in Guyana.

“Gecom must be integrally involved at all stages in respect of these offers and must,in the final analysis,bea key decision-maker on the matter, not the government alone,” the statement added.

The PPP said too that such offers must not remain exclusive to the Granger-led APNU+AFC Coalition Administration.

“The PPP is of the view that after twenty-three years with absolutely no reforms at Gecom to cater for institutional strengthening through more transparent and impartial practices with a view to enhancing its capacity to produce free and fair elections the time has come for reforms at Gecom to be placed on the front burner.”

 

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  1. DK you are so right. For 23 years they had the opportunity to make Guyana a paradise but instead they become so comfortable that they turn their backs on their own supporters causing lots of them to switch party. They had no choice but to put these crooks in. The PPP left the Guyanese people defenseless. The PPP are to be blamed for whats going on in Guyana today. And that’s the fact.

  2. Guyana voting system need to be like the American type, and that is electronically. Have you forget already how the PNC riggers “RIGGED” us?
    2015 Elections was RIGGED! Surujbally said the “CEO was lauded for finding the anomalies and highlighting them, and therefore Many Statements of Polls (SOPs) received by GECOM from the ten (10) Electoral Districts were identified as FAKES.
    At its meeting of Wednesday, May 13th, 2015, the Chief Elections Officer of GECOM, Mr. Keith Lowenfield, disclosed that he had noticed that many of the SOPs had formats different from the authentic SOPs that were earlier distributed to the Electoral Districts to be used by Presiding Officers to tabulate votes at Polling Stations.
    These fake SOPs did not additionally carry the endorsed signatures of GECOM that were applied to every SOP purchased by GECOM from Canada.
    It was also disclosed that SOPs had numbers of voters that exceeded the voters that were assigned to the Polling Stations.
    Surujbally should be jailed!

  3. PPP says E- counting must be “discussed” before implementation.
    PPP you had 23 long years to push for electoral reforms. PPP you took your main base supporters for a long 23 years ride knowing that what ever you throw or dont throw at them will vote PPP anyways.
    The US rigged this last election to install PNC to rule.
    Be reminded that it was the said US that rigged election in the past to keep PNC in power for 28 years.
    US does not care who suffers most in Guyana.
    PNC top brass does not care who suffer most in Guyana.
    US is all about their big business and PNC is all about ruling.
    Most likely PPP may never come back to power.
    If PPP can suffer their own supporters so much for 23 years and they sit on their ass and took it do not expect them to go up against US and PNC.

  4. The PPP does not trust any system Gocool Boohoo does not understand. It needs to be able to manipulate the system.

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