GECOM: Elections Recount: PPP/C leads APNU+AFC by 14,317 votes

– GECOM to decide on 29 East Coast boxes with missing documents

A table showing General Elections votes tabulated at the end of June 6, 2020. The Guyana Elections Commission has so far tabulated 2,236 or 95.6% of the General Statements of Recounts generated from the process.
A table showing General Elections votes tabulated at the end of June 6, 2020. The Guyana Elections Commission has so far tabulated 2,236 or 95.6% of the General Statements of Recounts generated from the process.

– GECOM to decide on 29 East Coast boxes with missing documents

With the votes from 95% of the 2,339 ballot boxes from the March 2nd elections tabulated, the ongoing  national recount showed the opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) holding a lead of 14,317 votes over the incumbent APNU+AFC coalition at the end of yesterday.

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) tabulated 2,236 General Statements of Recount (SORs) and 2,229 Regional SORs up to the end of yesterday. Based on the general tabulation, the PPP/C had amassed 220,073, votes, compared with APNU+AFC’s 205,756 votes. After 93 more ballot boxes for Region Four were recounted, a mere 74 remain to conclude the counting process. With 12 stations counting, it is expected that all these boxes will be completed by 5 pm today, while the tabulation of the Statement of Recount (SORs) generated is likely to be completed on Monday.

GECOM probe into missing documents for 29 ballot boxes; results excluded from tabulation so far

Gecom’s CEO:  Keith Lowenfield.

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Saturday said its investigation into the whereabouts of documents for 29 boxes of ballots has hit a stumbling block because several Deputy Returning Officers who worked from Ogle to Lusignan did not turn up for a meeting with the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield.

The Deputy Returning Officers, according to GECOM, had promised to meet with Lowenfield at 4 PM Saturday but “no DRO showed up to be interviewed.” The next step, GECOM said, is to contact he Presiding Officers who were responsible for the respective polling stations.

The Commission said the Statements of Recount prepared for those ballot boxes “should not be included in the tabulation at this point in time.” At the conclusion of a Commission meeting, GECOM said 28 of the 29 Statements of Recount were already tabulated.

“The tabulation supervisor was advised to highlight those figures during the livestream on the ongoing tabulation for Region 4 pending a decision of the Commission,” the commission said..

GECOM says the poll bags have been checked but the documents were not found but they have not given up on the search. “In light of this development, the Commission is making every effort to ascertain the whereabouts of the documents so that the objections in relation to the boxes with missing documents could be resolved expeditiously,” the election management agency said.

Contrary to claims by a Deputy Returning Officer, Paul Jaisingh, GECOM says the Chief Elections Officer does not have those documents.

And a group of DROs who were responsible for clusters of Polling Stations on the East Coast of Demerara, have signed a statement to GECOM’s Secretariat, refuting allegations that the Clerk to the Region 4 Returning Officer, Ms. Carolyn Duncan instructed them to advise the Presiding Officers to not include the official documents in the ballot boxes at the close of poll.

“This statement refutes an article being circulated on social media which emanated from an email sent to the Guyana Elections Commission by another DRO, Mr. Paul Jaisingh. The DROs explained in their statement that they were advised by Ms. Duncan to ‘make regular checks to all stations ensuring that there was a smooth flow. In case of an emergency or any difficulty encountered, DROs were to make contact with Ms. Duncan,’”  GECOM said.

The DROs claimed that they were also instructed to remind Pos to ensure all statutory documents were in the ballot boxes before they were sealed.

In that regard,GECOM reminded the public that  in preparation for the conduct of General and Regional Elections 2020, all staff were adequately trained in accordance with the legal requirements and procedures to be followed.

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  • guyaneseonline  On 06/07/2020 at 3:09 pm

    Elections Recount: GECOM decides to tabulate votes from 29 boxes without documents

    By Stabroek News – June 7, 2020
    This story is developing and will be updated.

    GECOM has decided to tabulate the votes from the 29 East Coast boxes that weren’t accompanied by statutory documents, sources say.

    The decision was taken at a meeting of GECOM today. There have been conflicting reports about why the boxes did not have the documents.
    The recount of ballot boxes is expected to end today.

    GECOM’s PRO Yolanda Ward this afternoon issued the following statement:

    “Good afternoon colleagues. The Commission has decided to include the SoRs for the ballot boxes with missing documents in the tabulation exercise.
    “It was noted that the Commission does not intend to disenfranchise any elector.

    “However, the Commission will continue to investigate the matter”.

  • Bernard  On 06/08/2020 at 1:32 am

    To the PPP, leave our rainforest alone. Just leave it alone.

    To Jagdeo, leave our forest alone. It is a national and world treasure. Keep your hands off it.

    Leave our forest alone! Just lo it alone!

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