Daily Archives: December 3, 2011

APNU youth rally calls for non-violent revolution

APNU youth rally calls for non-violent revolution

DECEMBER 3, 2011 | BY  | FILED UNDER NEWS

Hundreds of A Partnership for National Unity supporters particularly the youths last evening re-converged at Square of the Revolution where the recurring theme for the night was that of a non-violent revolution in Guyana to achieve the change that they are demanding.

Among the speakers at the event were Attorney-at-Law James Bond, APNU Candidate Annette Ferguson, APNU Diaspora supporter Ovid Morrison, Guyana Peoples Partnership member Vaughn Phillips, Akeem Peters and Wayne Mason among others. Continue reading

Ramotar sworn in as seventh Executive President

Ramotar sworn in as seventh Executive President

Posted By Stabroek editor On December 3, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

Donald Ramotar was this afternoon sworn in as the country’s seventh executive president at State House.

In a brief address after the oath was administered President Ramotar said he will name his cabinet in 48 hours but that this should not hinder cooperation with political parties on other matters.

At several points during his address he recognized the new circumstances produced by the elections where for the first time since 1992 the PPP/C does not control Parliament. Continue reading

Streets barricaded around State House for Ramotar’s swearing in

Streets barricaded around State House for Ramotar’s swearing in

Demerara Waves – December 3, 2011

Anticipating protests by anti-government activists during the swearing in of Donald Ramotar as Guyana’s seventh Executive President, police Saturday morning barricaded streets around State House.

The event would be held at 1 PM (Guyana Time).

Having been declared President of Guyana’s first minority government in Monday’s General and Regional Elections, the 61-year old Ramotar would be sworn in at 1 PM on the lawns of State House.

There, tents and seating accommodation were put in place overnight for the University of Guyana-trained economist to be administered the Oath of Office by the Chancellor of the Judiciary, Carl Singh.    Continue reading

Opposition lays down demands for power-sharing

Opposition lays down demands for power-sharing

December 2, 2011 – Demerara Waves

The political opposition has laid down demands for a power-sharing cabinet but president-elect, Donald Ramotar has refused to confirm that.

“I will not confirm or deny anything,” he told Demerara Waves Online News (www.demwaves.com )

He and presidential candidates for the opposition coalition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), David Granger and Alliance For Change’s (AFC), Khemraj Ramjattan met Thursday evening in a Committee Room at Parliament Buildings.

“The Meeting was convened to discuss issues of interest to the people of Guyana. The Presidential Candidates agreed that there will be follow- up meetings directly and through their representatives,” they said in a joint statement.    Continue reading

APNU supporters march again to protest results

APNU supporters march again to protest results

December 2,2011 – Demerara Waves

A large contingent of supporters of the opposition coalition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) marched through the streets of Georgetown to the Kingston headquarters of the Elections Commission to press demands for an all-party reconciliation of Statements of Poll in Monday’s polls.

Police ranks kept a close eye on the peaceful crowd which has massed beyond the barriers at Lamaha and Main Streets, about 100 yards from the Commission.

The gathering, which included former senior officers of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), was vociferous but peaceful. The march was incident free.  Continue reading

How the PPP Rigged the 2011 Elections – by Malcolm Harripaul

HOW THE PPP AND GECOM RIGGED THE 2011 ELECTIONS  by Malcolm Harripaul –  Commentary

 The election that was held on 28th Nov 2011 was rigged by the PPP and GECOM. When one rigs an election from a minority base he has to take large blocks of votes away from the majority and so his rigging is easily detected. On the other hand when one rigs from a large base he does not have to take away votes from the minority. He only has to keep his base numbers high and this not easily detectable. That is why observers have a difficulty catching the PPP at rigging.

During the elections campaign the traditional PPP supporter stayed away from PPP meetings so much so that the PPP had to “rig” crowds at its rallies. When PPP supporters stayed away from the polls the PPP had to rig the elections.  Continue reading

OAS Preliminary Report on Guyana’s Elections

Pull Quote:

“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 percent 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 the close 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. ” Continue reading