By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Former President, Donald Ramotar is preparing to meet with the legal advisors of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) today, Monday, May 18 to iron out issues relating to the filing of a petition to challenge the results of the May 11, 2015 General and Regional elections.
The PPP/C which has been in office for the past 23 years lost the election to its main challenger, the APNU+AFC by 4,506 votes after only being able to gain 202,694 votes.
Even before the results were officially declared by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), the PPP/C had alleged massive fraud and vote rigging in favour of its competitor.
Ramotar, during an interview with iNews, pointed out that subsequent to the meeting with the lawyers a date will be decided on as it relates to the filing of the petition.
The Former President has already said he is disappointed, hurt and aggrieved in the face of the swearing in of Guyana’s 8th executive President David Granger, following the declaration of the elections results by GECOM on Saturday.
“As you are aware, the people’s progressive party/civic had requested the commission to conduct a recount of the ballots cast in view of the several irregularities and discrepancies found during and after the day of the elections. We believe that the electoral processes were severely compromised. That is why we requested a recount of the ballots. Regrettably, our repeated requests were denied by GECOM,” Ramotar said in his last official statement as Guyana’s President.
He said the right to universal adult suffrage and its exercise of “one person, one vote” which the PPP won for the Guyanese people in 1953 is again under threat.
It is likely that the petition will be presented by former Legal Affairs Minister and Attorney General Anil Nandlall in the High Court.