By Tracey Khan-Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has asked for a recount of votes in Regions One, Two and Eight by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), while this is the case the Party’s Presidential candidate Donald Ramotar maintains that it is in the lead by thousands.
This could further delay the announcement of the official results of the May 11 polls by the elections commission.
Mr Ramotar noted that, “I know you are all eager for the final results of this election or a status update from our party. However, let us give our technical people and leaders the unhindered space they need to ensure their work is thorough and the final results are accurate.”
He also called on his supporters to avoid speculation, noting “even though that is difficult in this period as we await the results. Reports of opposition celebration are nothing new in our political landscape; they have done so in past elections.”
“I must also recognize the effort of all Guyanese, who despite the effort of the opposition to create tension and violence have largely rejected this, in favor of peace and respect for one another.”
“Our figures currently show that we are ahead in this elections but let me reaffirm that an official announcement of the elections results can only be made by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM),” said President Ramotar in a social media post.
One day after the election, the President who was accompanied by his running mate, Elisabeth Harper and PPP Executive Member Frank Anthony at Freedom house were confident of their lead in the 2015 regional and general elections.
The opposition coalition, APNU+AFC, according to GECOM is in a commanding lead and the Party supporters have already claimed victory as there was a big celebration at the coalition’s Queenstown Headquarters.