[www.inewsguyana.com] – The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) says it plans to follow up on its call for the resignation of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Dr Steve Surujbally and for a recount of votes at the just concluded general and regional elections by mounting protests outside of GECOM offices across the country.
Dr Surujbally has already made it clear that he will not be resigning from his post.
“Protest actions are also planned at all GECOM offices throughout the country to demand a total recount of all votes cast and the resignation of GECOM chairman,” a statement from the Party noted.
According to the statement, the course of action comes following a meeting of the Central Committee of the PPP.
“The meeting reviewed developments since the elections and took the opportunity to thank the Guyanese people for the overwhelming support it received at the polls. Central Committee remains convinced that based on feedback received from its Polling Agents and Statements of Poll received, it won the majority of the votes in both national and regional elections,” the statement noted.
It is based on this standing that the Party intends to introduce some changes at GECOM and to its internal structure.
“The Party is considering ways of improving its future representation at GECOM….central Committee deliberated on ways to strengthen and re brand the Party in order to be better positioned to defend the masses against the undemocratic imposition of the APNU+ AFC coalition to the seat of Government… Central Committee also recognized the need to strengthen the Party both organizationally and ideologically and also to introduce some changes at the Party, Parliamentary and GECOM levels,” the release also stated.
According to the PPP, the international and local observers were fooled into believing that the May 2015 elections were free and fair.
“The meeting recognized that the observers were duped into believing that the elections were free and fair. The main aspect of the electoral process which was to observe the counting of ballots and the verification of statements of poll was left entirely in the hands of the GECOM officials many of who are activists and supporters of the APNU-AFC,” the release added.