RECOUNT: 4 days remaining, only 55% of boxes completed

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Four days are remaining for the countrywide recount exercise yet officials have only processed 55% of the 2,339 ballot boxes.

Up to late last night, elections officials were yet to announce a plan to ensure the recount is completed within the 25 days time-frame as stipulated in the legal order.

At the end of Tuesday – Day 21 – the Guyana Elections Commission completed 1,290 boxes, representing some 55%.

Anil Nandlall, the tabulation agent of the Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C), has expressed major concerns about this situation.

“Clearly, we are lagging far behind,” he told reporters encamped outside of the Arthur Chung Conference Centre – the recount venue.

In fact, Nandlall lamented that for Region Three (Essequibo Islands/West Demerara) and Region Four (Demerara/Mahaica), “remain the two regions where the counting is the slowest.”

This, he said is “very much more pronounced in Region Four, which unfortunately as you know is the region with the largest number of boxes to be counted.”

Speaking to the results that can be gleaned from the recount process thus far, Nandlall told reporters, “Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam) results have already been declared and the PPP/C got 18,752 and APNU+AFC got 7,293 votes.”

He said too, “Region Five (Mahaica/Berbice) has also been declared and the PPP/C got 18,263 and APNU+AFC got 14, 475.”

These, in addition to Region One (Barima/Waini), have since been completed and according to Nandlall, “all three of them illustrate that the PPP/C has a spectacular margin of votes over and above the closest rival which is the APNU+AFC.”

As it relates to Region Four, the recount process saw counting stations completing 15 boxes on Tuesday while Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne) saw 21 ballot boxes being recount
Regions Seven (Cuyuni/Mazaruni) and Eight (Potaro/Siparuni) each had ten of the ballot boxes for those electoral districts recounted, while Region Nine had the votes cast in nine of its ballot boxes ascertained.

The recount process is yet to begin addressing the Ballot Boxes for Region Ten.