Region 5 recount completed but APNU/AFC refuses to sign off

The Region Five tabulation declaration which the APNU/AFC agent refused to sign

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Wednesday completed tabulating the votes for all the ballot boxes for electoral district Region Five (Mahaica/Berbice), but the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) has refused to sign off on the results certificate.

Venued at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre (ACCC), the National Recount exercise being undertaken by GECOM has since generated a Tabulation Certificate for that electoral district, documenting 14,502 votes for the incumbent while registering a commanding lead of 18,326 votes for the main political Opposition.

This, contrasted with the declared results for the region following the March 2, polls, indicate that the recount increased the votes for the incumbent, which had 14,475 votes initially, and for the opposition Peoples Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C), which had 18,263 votes.

There were 374 rejected ballots, while 61 were found to be spoilt votes of the 33,004 valid votes cast.

The incumbent coalition agent has since refused to sign the certificate, leaving signatures for representatives of the PPP/C, Change Guyana (CG) which picked up 127 votes in the region, the Peoples Republican Party (PRP) and the United Republican Party (URP).

At the end of the day, the Commission completed recounting an additional 93 ballot boxes across the regions, which would leave in excess of 956 ballot boxes still to be recounted in the three days remaining of gazetted allotted time.