“Stuffed ballot boxes” in 2011, a figment of Jagdeo’s imagination – GECOM

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By Radha Motielall

Chairman of GECOM, Dr. Steve Surujbally.
Chairman of GECOM, Dr. Steve Surujbally.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has rejected the claim made by Former President Bharrat Jagdeo to the effect that ballot boxes were “stuffed” during the November 28, 2011 elections, which saw the PPP/C losing its majority in the National Assembly.

At the PPP/C rally at Stewartville, West Coast Demerara at the weekend, Jagdeo in urging international observers in Guyana for the May 11 elections to be vigilant at all polling stations alleged that ballot boxes were “stuffed” in some places during the 2011 elections.

Jagdeo told the crowd that “we know what happen in 2011. In some of the villages, where they threw our polling agents out or where we didn’t have polling agents, the vote went up from an average of 74% to 95%. They stuffed the boxes in those areas. We have to guard against that happening again”.

Responding to these allegations, Chairman of GECOM, Dr. Steve Surujbally told iNews that “stuffed” ballot boxes are a figment of Jagdeo’s imagination.

Former President, Bharrat Jagdeo. [iNews' Photo]
Former President, Bharrat Jagdeo. [iNews’ Photo]
He said, “If it is true what he is reported to have said then it’s a figment of his imagination. I have never heard of that, I have asked my staff and never heard of this accusation before,” Dr Surujbally told iNews.

Additionally, the former President urged GECOM to publish every instruction given to presiding officers “so that they do not act capriciously and if they do, GECOM must publish in the newspapers the penalties and jail term associated with tampering with the poll.”

Responding to this call, the GECOM Chairman said he does not mind this at all.

“I truly don’t mind that, I don’t mind that at all…outside of every polling station we will be putting a document about the presiding officers and what they must do”.

Dr. Surujbally stressed that each place of poll will bear a manual on the conduct of the presiding officers and “the public can ask to see the manual if they feel that the presiding officers are in breach”.

The Chairman however hastened to add that GECOM’s presiding officers are well trained that he does not expect any breach from their side.

 

17 COMMENTS

  1. Listening to Jagdeo speak now, I can safely conclude that his parents saw something in him to name him …..rat.
    When the angels saw Jagdeo in the arms of his parents for the first time they cried for Guyana and said,”this one is going to be a leech and burden on Humanity but those stupid enough to believe and follow him deserve what they get”.
    Take note “Green”, “Jon” and “James”.

  2. Mr. Green, i dont care what the rest of the world knows if it cannot be proven what they know means nothing. secondly you are the one making the statement so its YOU that have to produce evidence sir. The last elections who was COP?, who put him there?, so why then didnt they complain and make noise why wait 3 years to make noise now.

  3. shaan…let me remind you of something they US guru said…Don Rumsveltd…u can only fight the war with the army u have and not the army u would like to have…shaan u keep asking silly things..like u dont know what de rest of de world know that police and army pledged their life lungs kidneys hears hits lips and votes to pnc..u just jiving askin for proof..go ask glen lall and anand persaud for proof..they have all the proof..

  4. Odinga Lumumba and Kwame McCoy were both ordered out of the Lodge polling booth , and were actually escorted out by the police, during the 2011 elections.

  5. A fool is known by the multitude of words.jagdeo needs to get a grip of himself, if he knew all these things in 2011 he should have spoken about them then not now, what kind of reckless remark is that.jagdeo needs to think before he talk.soon as jagdeo open his mouth is a lot of shit does come out

  6. Mongooses tend to live in sewers and pit latrines, robbed of exposure to anything enlightening. Perhaps Jagdeo might want to provide GECOM and the public with a list of those polling stations where the PPP did not have polling agents in 2011 and where the ballot boxes were stuffed. Only the simple-minded would find such claims appealing. I suggest that you stick to the territory with which you are familiar rather than misuse critical space with your foolishness.

  7. The PPP/C has every right to guard against fraud. One needs to understand that although returning officers are supposed to act according to the law as stipulated with regards to elections, they have their own political allegiance. Fair enough but all Guyanese know what happened in areas where the PNC have or could send its thugs to intimidate or harass PPP/C supporters, they could do so without rapidly without concern for the law or life of anyone. The PNC, and I mean PNC because the bulk of APNU is PNC, knows nothing but violence and they use it in trying to change the results of the elections. That’s their modus operandi over the years since after independence.

  8. Instead of stuffing the ballot boxes as alleged,they should have stuffed something else for him,he might have enjoyed it anyway.On a more serious note.These elections are very important,and every effort must be made to have everything done as transparent as possible,leave no stone unturned.IT IS TIME FOR CHANGE.

  9. Mr Suruj?
    Hello Sir:
    Did you erase all the dead people’s on the list as yet?
    They surely must have voted in last election. Arthur Chung’s name was there!

  10. Presiding Officers are always well trained!!! Really ? How well trained?
    What did those Presiding Officers do when nine months old vote PNC?
    What did those trained officers do when born Jamaican vote PNC?
    Why did those trained Presiding Officers hand over all them ballot boxes to PNC Soldiers? What you mean you don’t know what I’m talking about? Then Google:
    “Mr. Burnham does it again: A look at how PNC rigged 1973 Elections in Guyana”
    “The PNC rigged 1985 election in Guyana” (13).
    Also “The biggest rigged election of all times”

  11. The boxes must have been stuffed in Sri Lanka, right under your nose, Mr. Jagdeo.
    You are a false Prophet, a failed Planner, not a real Patriot but a Power hungry little boy in a man’s body. You are so out of control. Only the die hard /semi-literates believe you, sir. We listen to you sir, attacking the military, insulting learned men and other sincere people, and then we are all convinced that we cannot stand you anymore. You and the other parasites must go sir, even for five years only! We have to get change. You are so repugnant. Too full of anger. You sound semi-crazy, sometimes, sir. You are a scary!

  12. Mr. Green, again sir please if this was so why didst the PPP/C made a complain to the observers and the GPF , why dint the follow the procedures that were out line?. I keep asking you for proof , evidence for every thing you talk or present and yet you cant produce.

  13. The PPP will question the integrity and blame everyone and every organization they can. The one organization that caused them to lose a majority in 2011 and will cause them to lose elections in 2015 is the PPP/Criminals themselves.
    The Guyanese people are fed up of 23 years of broken promises, corruption, cronyism, thievery and many more despicable acts that are meant only to enrich the few PPP ministers.

    The Impunity and lack of humility or Irfaan, Anil, Bherri, Jagdeo and many others coupled with the stupidity of Rohee, Collymore and Ramoutar will make the PPP the Opposition Party after 2015.

  14. More and more this guy is showing signs of a dictator. He is god, above the law, gets to say anything without retribution, very divisive and with no accountability.

  15. lets give pnc surujbally benefit of doubt that no stuffing of ballots…he can never answer the question why ppp polling agents were thrown out or prevented from entering polling stations…pnc surujbally knows if he is to answer that question he has to pay the ultimate pnc price…pnc surujbally never defended his collegue when his pnc was praying him away..first of all pnc went after surujbally but then all of a suddent pnc start showing their loving affection for suruj..he wont want to talk about that would he..

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