Daily Archives: December 1, 2011

PPPC secures 32 seats, APNU, 26, AFC, 7 – details

PPPC secures 32 seats, APNU, 26, AFC, 7

DECEMBER 1, 2011 | BY KNEWS |

The Guyana Elections Commission confirmed today that Donald Ramotar is the new President of Guyana. His party, People’s Progressive Party Civic won 166,340 votes of the 342,236 valid votes cast.  . This represented 48.6 per cent of the total votes cast.

A Partnership for National Unity secured 139,678 votes or 40.8 per cent of the votes cast.  It secured 26 seats in the National Assembly.

The Alliance for Change secured 35,333 votes of 10.3 per cent of the total votes cast. It will now have seven seats in the National Assembly.

The total registered voters were 475,496. Total votes cast were 346,717. There were 4,481 rejected votes. The total valid votes cast were 342,236.

Voter turnout was 72.9 per cent

A breakdown of the geographical constituency votes and allocation of seats below:-

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Ramotar to be next President

Ramotar to be new president

Announcement made by GECOM at 4.20 Thursday Dec 1

Stabroek News  – December 1, 2011 @ 4:24 pm

PPP/C presidential candidate Donald Ramotar is to be the country’s next president, the Guyana Elections Commission announced at around 4.20 pm.

The PPP/C has secured 32 seats,  A Partnership for National Unity 26 seats and the Alliance For Change, seven seats.

For the second election in a row, the PPP/C lost substantial support in terms of the numbers of voters who turned out.

PPP/C not controlling Parliament means that it will need one of the opposition groups to support its measures in Parliament.

It will also be vulnerable to a motion of no confidence which if successfully passed would unseat the government and fresh elections would have to be called.

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APNU ELECTION AGENT JOSEPH HARMON’S LETTER TO GECOM

APNU ELECTION AGENT JOSEPH HARMON’S LETTER TO GECOM; more evidence of rigging uncovered

DISCREPANCIES IN APNU AND GECOM’S STATEMENTS OF POLL 1ST DEC 2011

December 1st, 2011

Dear Mr. Boodhoo,

We write to inform you that A.P.N.U. has in its possession compelling SOP-based evidence that there may be serious discrepancies between A.P.N.U.’s statement of polls (SOPS) and the SOPS being entered into your system at GECOM.

We wish to alert you that in the event that the verification exercise about to be engaged at the region 4 returning officer’s office confirms that we are in the presence of unacceptable discrepancies, it is our decision to base our acceptance of the final declaration only on an all party and GECOM verification process of the SOPS of Region 4 and any other region where such discrepancies are found to exist.

Sincerely,
Joseph Harmon
Election Agent, A.P.N.U.

MANY POLLING PLACES LOCATED AT PPP SUPPORTERS’ HOMES ON ECD REGION 4

FOR THE FIRST TIME A LARGE NUMBER OF PPP SUPPORTERS’S HOMES WERE MADE POLLING PLACES ON THE EAST COAST DEMERARA REGION 4. IN MANY CASES, THE POLLING PLACES WERE CREATED A FEW DAYS BEFORE ELECTIONS .

ALPHA SPLIT OF POLLING PLACE LIST AND FAULTY INK FACILITATES MULTIPLE VOTING

BASED ON NUMEROUS REPORTS FROM OUR POLLING OFFICIALS THE ALPHA SPLIT OF THE POLLING PLACE LIST AND FAULTY INK WERE USED TO ALLOW MULTIPLE VOTING. IN MANY SCHOOLS THAT HOUSED SEVERAL POLLING STATIONS, EACH POLLING STATION HAD THE SAME VOTERS LIST. THIS MEANT THAT A VOTER’S NAME APPEARED ON THE LIST 4 OR MORE TIMES AT THE SAME SCHOOL.

THE INK THAT WAS USED TO STAIN VOTERS FINGERS TOOK 15 TO 20 MINUTES TO BECOME DARK ON THE FINGER. DURING TH E TIME IT TOOK FOR THE STAIN TO BECOME EFFECTIVE A VOTER COULD GO TO 3 TO 4 STATIONS AND CAST A VOTE.

MULTIPLE VOTING WAS REPORTED AT TIMEHRI PRIMARY SCHOOL WHERE A GROUP OF 26 PPP SUPPORTERS VOTED TWICE BEFORE THEY WERE DETECTED. THE QUESTION IS HOW MANY GROUPS OF PPP SUPPORTERS WENT UNDETECTED OR WERE SIMPLY ALLOWED TO VOTE.

STATEMENT FROM O.A.S. OBSERVERS

“The OAS also observed a few issues that may have caused some voter confusion on the day of the election. The proportion of polling stations that were changed between the November 8th, 2011 published Official List of Polling Stations and the list provided to the OAS electoral observation mission dated November 25th was high. These discrepancies came to a national average of over 5% of polling stations, and were particularly elevated for stations located in Regions 4, 5, 7, 9 and 10. In at least three of these polling stations OAS observers noted that, on the day prior to the polls, no written notice advising of the new polling location was in evidence.

The OAS mission also observed cases of voters being unable to find their names on the lists at the polling centers, as well as long lines and some voter confusion regarding information on where to cast their vote.

In addition, the Electoral Commission issued notification of the decision to disallow party scrutineers to apply for certificates of work and thereby vote in the polling station they were observing two days prior to the election. In at least one instance in region 4, the OAS observed that this decision had not been relayed to a polling station, resulting in lack of uniform application of the decision and the casting of a ballot by a scrutineer.

•Tabulation and processing of results

After the close of the polls, the vote counting and transmission process suffered from significant delays. The mission considers it unfortunate that the smooth functioning of the process seen throughout the day was replaced by inefficient procedures and a lack of coordination in the processing and release of preliminary and final results. In addition, at 6 AM on November 29th, a significant discrepancy between the number of statements of poll received by the Returning Officer for Region 4 and those processed at GECOM’s headquarters was observed.

The OAS teams stationed at GECOM’s tabulation center in Georgetown observed at least two envelopes containing statements of poll being delivered by an unaccredited and unescorted individual. While the OAS has maintained a 24 hour presence in the tabulation center since theclose of polls, the level of transparency and access to information regarding the process has not been as complete as that experienced by the mission prior to election day.”

APNU wants verification of Statements Of Poll

APNU wants verification of Statements of Poll

Stabroek News – December 1, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

Opposition coalition, APNU this morning called for all the parties to sit together and verify the Statements of Polls, particularly for Region Four, after saying that it has evidence of manipulation of results.

“We have sufficient evidence of manipulation and we alone don’t feel so,” said APNU’s Prime Ministerial candidate, Rupert Roopnaraine at a press conference at Congress Place this morning. He called for the parties to sit down and reconcile the SOPs together. Roopnaraine alleged that at least 105 SOPs have vanished from South Georgetown.   Continue reading

Guyana preliminary elections results as at 9:48 AM Thursday

Guyana preliminary elections results as at 9:48 AM Thursday
Written by Demerara Waves
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 15:50

Overall preliminary figures for General Election as released by the Guyana Elections Commission

APNU – 116,305

AFC –     31,489

PPP/C- 148,976

TUF –         781

TOTAL VOTES CAST –  300,704

TOTAL VALID VOTES – 299,551

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Bharrat Jagdeo does it again – Freddie Kissoon

Bharrat Jagdeo does it again

DECEMBER 1, 2011 | BY  | FREDDIE KISSOON

This column would have been submitted before the results of the election. Tomorrow I will begin to assess why victory for one party, and why the loss for the others. Today, I look at some issues surrounding the elections. We start with Mr. Jagdeo’s press conference yesterday afternoon.

Mr. Jagdeo was predictable as usual – immense contradictions. He painted a picture of mischief in the making by the opposition. Threats were made that those who attempt to stir up violence will be dealt with condignly.  Continue reading

Presidential Candidates call for peace, calm and restraint

2011 General and Regional Elections…Presidential Candidates call for peace, calm and restraint

DECEMBER 1, 2011 | BY  | FILED UNDER NEWS

– urge supporters to accept final results

The tension continued to escalate in the capital city and countrywide yesterday as more than 48 hours after theGeneral and Regional Elections the official results were yet to be announced.
This did not stop a group of exuberant supporters of A Partnership for National Unity from taking to the streets in a motorcade around the city declaring victory for its Presidential Candidate David Granger.
This caused massive panic around the city as businesses hurriedly closed their doors and sent police ranks in a frenzy as the motorcade made its way back to Congress Place.
The atmosphere continued to be tense as rumours of impending hostility began to circulate.
A police intelligence vehicle which was passing Congress Place at the time sent angry supporters of APNU scurrying to apprehend the occupants but this was thwarted by police ranks that were on the scene at the time.      Read more

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GECOM Preliminary Results – Thursday Dec 1, 2011 – 5.00 am

GECOM preliminary results – Thursday Dec 1, 2011 – 5.00 AM

 Stabroek editor On December 1, 2011 @ 5:21 am

Below is a chart showing the preliminary elections results released by GECOM this morning.


URL to article: http://www.stabroeknews.com/2011/news/stories/12/01/gecom-preliminary-results/

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Guyana preliminary elections results as at 10 PM Wednesday

Guyana preliminary elections results as at 10 PM Wednesday
Written by Demerara Waves
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 15:50

Overall preliminary figures for General Election as released by the Guyana Elections Commission

APNU – 109,673

AFC –   28,638

PPP/C- 136,881

TUF –         748

TOTAL VOTES CAST –  279,762

TOTAL VALID VOTES – 275,940

 

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No final result tonight – November 30, 2011 – GECOM

No final result tonight

By COMMENTS  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2011

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) will hold its next press briefing tomorrow which means there will be no declaration of the winner of Monday’s general election tonight.

GECOM has been roundly criticised for the sloth in its release of results and came under intense pressure today from political parties and others to speed up.   Continue reading

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