By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] –Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Dr Steve Surujbally has revealed that the incumbent People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has requested that GECOM conduct a physical recount of hundreds of Statements of Poll from the 10 administrative regions.
Dr Surujbally told a news conference that for the recount to be conducted, the Body will have to physically return the ballot boxes to their respective districts where the recount will occur.
The Party has asked for a recount of sixteen ballot boxes in District One, ninety eight boxes in District Two, eight boxes in District Eight; two hundred and seventy six boxes in District Four.
Despite these pronouncements, Dr Surujbally pointed out that the Commission is yet to decide whether it will proceed with the recounting of votes given that there are some legal ramifications that need to be clearly defined.
“I think it’s for everybody’s benefit” that a recount be undertaken.
A number of international election observers and local observers have declared that the May 11 2015, General and Regional Elections were “free and credible.”
The High Commission of Canada in Guyana has described Monday’s elections as “smooth, credible, free and fair.”
A media release from the Commission one day after the May 11 regional and general elections stated that “it is important to remember that the only official results are those that are tabulated and issued by the designated, official elections body – GECOM.”
Meanwhile, the APNU+AFC in a statement to the media said that the call for a recount by the ruling Party is nothing more than a delay tactic adding that it would be arbitrary to the People’s Representation Act.
“APNU+AFC affirms that this is contrary to section 83-89 of the Representation of the Peoples Act of the Laws of Guyana. APNU+AFC therefore regards the PPP/C’s call as a deliberate attempt to delay the declaration of the May 11th 2015 Polls and to frustrate the will of the people. APNU+AFC calls on the Guyana Elections Commission to resist that attempt by the PPP/C to further delay the declaration of the results of the poll and to make their declaration as required by the constitution of Guyana,” a press statement noted.