Guyana: Electoral corruption by PPP must end – Pres. David Granger

DPI, Guyana, June 29, 2020

Pres. David Granger

His Excellency, President David Granger has emphasised the need for a total revamp of Guyana’s electoral system given the anomalies and irregularities that were discovered during the national recount of the March 02, 2020, General and Regional Elections.

The Head-of-State said that the system has been corrupted by the opposition PPP who have meticulously and methodically tampered with the votes.

“The critics of the Government over the last 119 days must accept that the electoral process was corrupted by the PPP and that has to be brought to an end,” President Granger said during an interview on Benshop Radio 107.1FM on Monday January 29.     

He singled out the CARICOM team’s report on the recount process, noting that while the numerical tally favoured a particular side over the other, the quality of the report must be examined.

“The report is not simply a tabulation; it is also a qualitative report and when you read the report and the recommendations of the CARICOM team you will see how serious the issues are,” he stated

The President noted that the report recommended an investigation into missing documents, a total re-registration of all voters in Guyana and “a change in the structure of the Elections Commission and given all the irregularities they recommended a political audit in the electoral structure.”

However, the Head of State noted the need for a deeper investigation into the anomalies and irregularities which occurred countrywide and were featured in the Chief Elections Officer (CEO) report.

“Once you are dealing with a country with a population of 750,000 and you have a voting list of 161,000, that voting list is padded and that padding is the cause of the irregularities that we have discovered. That is persons who are dead, migrated and persons who are not qualified to vote.”

With this in mind, the President stressed that it is unacceptable for the CEO to present a report which doesn’t take into consideration the fact that these irregularities did occur and has affected the validity of the votes.

Going forward, he said there needs to be a revised system and a new list come the next elections in five years.

President Granger also addressed the misinformation about Guyana’s elections being bandied about. He explained that many people are overlooking the fact that Guyana is a republic and it has a different constitution and electoral system to what prevails in other Caribbean countries.

He made it clear that he has great respect for his Caribbean colleagues and sees them as concerned rather than interfering.

Pointing out that while the recount process is taking longer than expected, it is a legitimate procedure.

“There is a logic, the recount has to look at One; the possibility of the contamination of the vote because of anomalies and irregularities. The second stage the CEO is required to produce a report and in fact, that report has been produced. We have already moved to the Chairman who will then make a declaration based on the report submitted by the CEO…It is a logical process, not an unlawful nor disorderly process and that’s where we are.”

The Opposition PPP has taken the issue of the validity of the votes to the Caribbean Court of Justice after it was dissatisfied with the ruling by Guyana’s Court of Appeal. Arguments on that matter are scheduled to be heard on July 1.

President Granger said that he is confident that nothing has happened to remove the process from the authority of the Election Commission which under the constitution of Guyana is the only agency which could conduct elections.

He added, “The courts have been respected, the constitution is intact and I have no doubt that in a very short time, I hope by this weekend that we can announce to the Guyanese people that these elections have been brought to an end and a President will be declared.”

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  • ednarainz1954  On June 30, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    This was your mistake Mr. Granger. You lost the support of your own people by not respecting the No Confidence  Motion. It took you too long to call an election. And you did not treat them with those promising words you have made. 

    • Linda  On July 1, 2020 at 8:19 am

      A no-confidence vote that was PURPOSELY brought by Chanderass in an attempt to bring down the government so the PPP can get a jump start on new elections and take advantage of all the preparations that they had done before hand to ensure they win. That man was paid some big coin to do what he did to his own party and government. I do not blame APNU for digging in their heels because they know exactly why that non-confidence vote occurred and who was behind it. So does a lot of other Guyanese….it was so blatantly done that you would have to not have a brain to not see the fraud that took place.

      • Linda  On July 1, 2020 at 8:28 am

        And don’t forget the corrupted list Jagdeo used for the local government elections as the PPP dry run for the national elections the next year. The old voters list was due to expire on April 30, 2019. That’s why Jagdeo was against house to house registration and a new and clean list of voters. This election was covered totally by PPP stink. This has nothing to do with race. It has to do with deliberate fraud to hijack the APNU and cannot be swept under the carpet.

      • Ramesh  On July 1, 2020 at 9:06 am

        Eh eh, girl you should try your hand at fiction writing. You are talented.

  • brandli62  On July 1, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    I am the son of a Guyanese mother and a Swiss father. I live in Switzerland and Germany. I am politically neutral regarding Guyanese politics and did not participated in the vote of March 2, 2020. I just want to see fair elections happen that represent the will of the Guyanese people.

    As stated previously, the math is simple. Anybody with access to the internet can come up with similar numbers. They are as follows:

    – Estimated population of Guyana (2019): 782’766
    Source: https://www.worldometers.info/world-population/guyana-population/

    – Estimated percentage of foreign population (without voting rights, 2015): 2% or 15’655
    Source: https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SM.POP.TOTL.ZS

    => 767’111 Guyanese citizens

    – Voting age: 18 years

    – Percentage of people 18 years and older: 62.3%
    Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Guyana

    => 477’910 eligible voters (i.e. voters age 19 and older)

    – Estimated voter turnout on March 2, 2020: 70%
    Source: http://guyanachronicle.com/2020/03/16/voter-turnout-for-march-2-elections-around-70

    => Estimated casted votes: 334’537

    Given this simple calculation, it’s hard for me to rationalise a recount that appears to indicate that 460’352 valid votes were casted or 125’815 more than one can rationally expect.

    If true, this would indicated a voter turnout of 96.3% (i.e 460’352 of 477’910 eligible voters participated). I am not aware that Guyana ever had such a voter turnout. Typically, its around 75%.
    Source: https://www.electionguide.org/countries/id/93/

    Does anybody have a good and compelling argument explaining why we should believe that indeed 460’352 votes were casted that can be traced back to validated eligible voters?

  • Janet James  On July 1, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    It is a shame that the PNC has no scruples. a bad example for the young generation. How will Guyana prosper? The entire International community has condemned their actions.

  • Dave  On July 1, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    GRANGER YOU ARE DEAD WRONG , IT YOU AND THE PNC PARTY THAT ARE CORRUPTED, YOU ARE A VERY DISHONEST MAN AND A CHEAT , YOU CANT BELIEVE YOU LOST THE ELECTIONS, THE RECOUNT SHOWED IT THAT THE PPP WON THE ELECTIONS BY VALID VOTES, AND THE WHOLE WORLD AND INTERNATIONAL OBSERVERS SAW IT TOO. GRANGER YOUR MIND IS CORRUPTED, JUST LIKE THE REST OF THE PNC CRONIES. GECOM STAFF COUNTED THE VOTES NOT THE PPP. THE FRAUD STARTED BY MINGO WHEN HE WAS CAUGHT BY THE WHOLE WORLD, THEN MAKING IT WORSE IN HIS REPORT IS LOWENFIELD WHO COMMITTED A BIGGER FRAUD, AND YOU GRANGER IS A AGREEING WITH THEM. YOU ARE A MAN WHO HAVE NO SHAME, YOU ARE A DICTATOR , AND UNDEMOCRATIC. YOU RUIN THE ECONOMY OF GUYANA , AND PEOPLE THERE ARE STARVING, BECAUSE OF YOU GRANGER AND YOUR TRIBES ARE DAMAGING THE ECONOMY MORE BY TRYING TO RIG AN ELECTIONS FOR 4 MONTHS NOW. PPP SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN OFFICE SINCE EARLY MARCH. SO GRANGER HIT THE ROAD JACK AND DONT YOU COME BACK NO MORE, NO MORE, NO MORE.

    • Curtis  On July 1, 2020 at 3:15 pm

      That has got to be the most ignorant rant I’ve read so far on this Blog.

      • Ramesh  On July 1, 2020 at 7:50 pm

        Like the lady in Barbados says: “The truth hurts!”

        But for the delusional in Guyana, it is an inconvenience.

  • icwhy  On July 1, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    t’s unfortunate that APNU seems to have been gobbled up by the PNC just as Civic was by the PPP. Had that not been so, then perhaps APNU could have been what its name suggests; perhaps it would have attracted more of the traditional PPP supporters and could (with the AFC) have become the government by holding a sizeable ‘balance of power.’ Nagamootoo and Ramjattan have not had much of a voice in the ‘coalition’ government, which is sad, because it is they – Nagamootoo with his immaculate record of incorruptability and Ramjattan who is similarly untainted – who have the potential for universal appeal. GET REAL, Guyanese. Whichever ethnic group gets to ‘rule’ Guyana the other half is not going to go away, it’s their/our motherland too! They are the left leg and right leg of Guyana – and yu need two leg fu run!

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On July 1, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    Looks like Granger + PNC/APNU and the rouges at GECOM are to face their Waterloo soon.

    SN Today (Jul 1/20) 2hrs ago.

    “At a press briefing at the US State Department today, US SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO SAYS HE HAS INSTRUCTED HIS DEPARTMENT TO HAVE ALL OF THOSE WHO UNDERMINE GUYANA’S DEMOCRACY HELD ACCOUNTABLE.

    His statement today in Washington underlines the determination to ensure that a free and fair result is declared.

    At the briefing in which he congratulated Suriname and its people on a peaceful transition of power, Pompeo then turned to Guyana.

    “In contrast it has now been four months since Guyana’s elections…it is long past due for a peaceful transition of power. CARICOM and the OAS have certified the recount results. They should get on with it. I have instructed my Department to ensure that those who undermine Guyana’s democracy are held accountable”.

    At a press briefing at the US State Department today, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he has instructed his Department to have all of those who undermine Guyana’s democracy held accountable.

    His statement today in Washington underlines the determination to ensure that a free and fair result is declared.

    At the briefing in which he congratulated Suriname and its people on a peaceful transition of power, Pompeo then turned to Guyana.

    “In contrast it has now been four months since Guyana’s elections…it is long past due for a peaceful transition of power. CARICOM and the OAS have certified the recount results. They should get on with it. I have instructed my Department to ensure that those who undermine Guyana’s democracy are held accountable”.

    VNM

  • Kman  On July 1, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    Sorry Granger, but if you knew that the PPP/C was planning on cheating, you should have said so a very long time ago. You and the PNC/AFC
    Should be totally ashamed of your thievery and incompetence

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On July 1, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    Granger/APNU think they are dealing only with Guyanese opposition who they can use the armed forces to push around.

    The whole wide world knows he decided to play the game with a deck cards which likely has duplications, etc. Yet, after playing the game and losing, he get his card sharks – Mingo, Lowenfield, etc to pullout cards from their sleeves to say the cards weren’t all shuffled properly and thus the game was against them.
    Well, the spectators (world observers) all saw what the card sharks did/still are doing and are buying none of it.

    The one spectator they need to worry about is the Americans. And their chief (Pompeo) just gave notice they will have no more of the 119 days so far jiggery pokery and wants to “HAVE ALL OF THOSE WHO UNDERMINE GUYANA’S DEMOCRACY HELD ACCOUNTABLE”.

    Who are you gonna appeal to Granger? Even ‘the Blessed Lord who gave you the Blessed Day’ when you were sworn-in knows you are a “Sanctimonious Gangster” and had dropped you.

    Where are you gonna run Granger?
    VNM

    • Curtis  On July 3, 2020 at 9:13 am

      Who are you gonna appeal to Granger? Even ‘the Blessed Lord who gave you the Blessed Day’ when you were sworn-in knows you are a “Sanctimonious Gangster” and had dropped you.

      Where are you gonna run Granger?
      VNM

      Where is the proof of what you said above or are you just filled with hate. And you have the nerve to criticize Yvonne-K.

      Gangster definition and meaning | Dictionary.com

      British English: gangster / ˈɡæŋstə / NOUN “A member of a gang of criminals, especially a racketeer”.
      You’re even invoking the name of the Lord VNM. What’s up with that?

      I don’t know what you will do if President Granger is re-elected.

  • Yvonne-K  On July 1, 2020 at 11:56 pm

    I wouldn’t give too much credence to what Pompeo says. He’ll be gone in November.

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On July 2, 2020 at 12:10 am

    Wow, you think America is just Pompeo?
    Wow, you think Granger & Gov’t will be around in November?
    Wow, You got high hopes.
    VNM

    • Yvonne-K  On July 2, 2020 at 12:41 am

      Wow…..you think that if the PPP win they will be allowed to govern?
      Wow….you have high hopes.

      • Mike Persaud  On July 2, 2020 at 1:30 am

        We are all Guyanese and I’d hope we all embrace justice and fair play. What’s going on is madness.

        The APNU/PNC has lost the election fairly and squarely. No amount of lies can change can alter that fact. The PPP has won democratically via the will of a plurality of Guyanese voters.

        Only the intellectually dishonest and those devoid of an ounce of scruples or morals would say otherwise.

        The old man Granger will find it very very difficult to rule Guyana illegally. The age of electoral fraud is long over. It will not be tolerated anymore.

        Democracy will triumph over dictatorship and over fraud. The world will rise up against it, rest assured.

        Granger had better leave now while he has time. Or he might soon find himself sitting in the prisoner’s dock and doing time. Long live a free and democratic Guyana!

        MP

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On July 2, 2020 at 8:27 am

    Wow, YK, you are admitting Granger/PNC with his army/police clan won’t allow PPP to rule.
    Wow, you’re delusional to think the world and USA will sit back and watch.
    VNM

    • Yvonne-K  On July 2, 2020 at 9:36 am

      You’re such a hypocrite. If this situation was reversed you would be hollering about American interference in Guyana. Please do not put words in my mouth. I did not say that President Granger and his army/police clan will not allow the PPP to rule. That’s the crap you’ve been spinning for a long time now. American has Jagdeo by the balls. They have all the dirt on him and that’s why they’re backing a PPP government. He will be their puppet just as Ali is his. It’s the Guyanese people themselves that will rupture the PPP governance. You and the rest of the curry gallery running their mouths on this blog better pray for peace because it’s your people that will end up being the sacrificial lambs.

      • Ramesh  On July 2, 2020 at 12:02 pm

        Hatred rears it’s ugly head on Guyanese Online.

        In referral to Mr Veda, Yvonne maliciously wrote: “You and the rest of the curry gallery …”

        Yvonne, you have venomously snd needlessly smeared a whole class of people by your racist remark. Your use of “curry gallery “ is synonymous with someone using the n-word. I am sure you won’t like it.

        Frankly, It has no place in civil and public discourse. Let me remind you that hate speech is a criminal and prosecutable offence in civil societies.

        It is often said that when intellect fails, it is replaced by insults to compensate. You should immediately apologise for using that ugly, hateful epithet.

        I hope Mr Cyril Bryan takes you to task.

        Ramesh

  • Yvonne-K  On July 2, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    You want to talk about hatred? Check out all the nasty things that are being said by your people about the President of Guyana. You cannot stand the thought of having a government rule Guyana other than the PPP. Guyana will never prosper unless it has shared governance because the two major races of people are almost the same in numbers. America will once again destroy Guyana like they did in the past by her blatant interference in Guyanese politics. I will not apologize for using the name of a dish that is eaten almost daily in East Indian households. Had I used the word “cooley” then I would say that it equates to what you said……the “n” word. And for the record, I love curry.

  • guyaneseonline  On July 2, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Guyana Politics: Pres Granger describes Jagdeo’s tenure as “Decade of Death in Guyana”

    Pres. David Granger – ─ no Guyanese wants a reoccurrence

    DPI, Guyana, Monday, June 29, 2020

    His Excellency David Granger has described the tenure of former President Bharrat Jagdeo as the “decade of death in Guyana.”

    The current General Secretary of the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP), Bharrat Jagdeo served as President of Guyana from 2000 to 2012. During that period President Granger noted there were close to 1,500 murders.
    Continue reading → https://guyaneseonline.net/2020/07/02/guyana-politics-pres-granger-describes-jagdeos-tenure-as-decade-of-death-in-guyana/

    • Ramesh  On July 2, 2020 at 4:42 pm

      It is deafening!

      Silence equals complicity.

    • Curtis  On July 2, 2020 at 5:00 pm

      Tara girl I think you have the leaders mixed up.

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On July 2, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    I hope Drs Alissa Trotz and Arif Bulkan are taking note (See their article about “Guyana’s political tragedy”) of Yvonne-K On July 2, 2020 at 9:36 am, writing about me and Indo-Guyanaese:

    “You and the rest of the curry gallery running their mouths on this blog better pray for peace because it’s your people that will end up being the sacrificial lambs”.

    Then when “Ramesh” confronts her she says “I love curry.”

    VNM

    PS Ramesh, This is how Afro-Guyanese are allowed to have their way about Indo- Guyanese on this blog. Worse has been written about Indians with no censure.

    Incidentally, know why Kentucky Fried Chicken was changed to KFC?

    VNM.

  • Curtis  On July 2, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    Get off the cross Mohabir …somebody else needs the wood.

  • Linda  On July 2, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    If I recall VNM on this blog Indo Guyanese, you for one if I recall, have been allowed to have your way with what you say about Afro Guyanese, APNU and of late your bashing of President Granger. It’s shows a total lack of respect for the President. Whether you like it or not he’s still the President until a winner is declared. This election has been very much heated so you should expect blowback on comments made by supporters from either side.

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On July 2, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    I see you have a problem with distinguishing person vs people.
    First produce your evidence about bashing AFROGuyanese.
    Secondly, when I write about Granger, I am reproducing for example what the whole CARCOM political commentators call him – Sanctimonious GANGSTER.
    Thirdly, his term ended 18 mos ago. He is now a Lame Duck prez and refuses to hand over the presidency, getting his minions to rig the elections so he can be a real prez. Only you racist deluded diehards don’t have the reasoning power to see the writing on the wall.
    VNM

    • Ramesh  On July 2, 2020 at 7:59 pm

      Granger is now an intruder and a thief in the house. He should be arrested.

      Ramesh

  • guyaneseonline  On July 2, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    from Moderator…
    I have now noticed comments have been made regarding sexual orientation in this thread. These comments have now been deleted. It will NOT be tolerated. Break the rule and your email will be blocked.

    Stick to the subject matter…. Please Use facts to back up your arguments.
    Stop the personal attacks.

    Thank you

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On July 2, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    Re. Linda’s “Curry Gallery” slur

    I asked earlier why Kentucky Fried Chicken changed its name to KFC.

    The suggested/official mainstream reason is that fried food is bad for heart health. Yet, there is another unspoken reason. Fried chicken is associated with African Americans, starting with a KKK movie in 1915. Here is the Atlantic Mag, Feb6/14:
    (Excerpt) The problem stems from the way fried chicken is associated with black people, and the historical baggage that comes with it. The same way blackface recalls minstrel shows, the “black people love fried chicken” image recalls negative portrayals of black people. According to Claire Schmidt at the University of Missouri, it started with Birth of a Nation, the 1915 film on the founding of Ku Klux Klan…”

    Also In 2013, golfer Sergio Garcia took a jibe at Tiger Woods about saying he would serve ‘Fried Chicken’ if he invited Woods and the golfers to his home..

    I have seen other people on TV slip up and talk about fried chicken, only to have them apologize profusely afterwards.

    So, when Linda refers to me and Indians as “The Curry Gallery” she is insulting me & Indians the same way African Americans are insulted by associating them with fried chicken; and is (or one of) the real reason for the name change of Kentucky Fried Chicken to KFC.

    VNM

    • Ramesh  On July 2, 2020 at 11:20 pm

      Veda, it was Yvonne who used the “curry gallery “ slur. But was not taken to task for it. After she was called out, she condescendingly attempted to cover her tracks by reflexively claiming that she loves curry. Quite frankly, I was offended by the slur. I do love curry and I will not let anyone use it to smear me or my loved ones. In fact, I have some in the fridge and will be having some momentarily.

      I hope the Moderator saw that ugly remark and reprimands the offender accordingly.

      Ramesh.

      PS: Good call on KFC.

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On July 2, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    Thx for drawing my error to my attention re who make the curry remarl.
    My apology goes to Linda for associating her with the curry remark.
    VNM

  • brandli62  On July 3, 2020 at 10:26 am

    I am still waiting for constructive comments on a way out of this election disaster. It’s obvious that there are problems with the voter registry, the amount of votes casted and the validation process. The CARICOM observers were not entitled to solve the voter validation process as they have no mandate to do so. During the recount, they could only check if those votes found in the sealed ballot boxes are properly assigned to the different parties. If the ballot boxes were stuffed with votes they would not notice. From my point of view, as outlined above, there are about 125’815 votes more than one can rationally expect.

    • Curtis  On July 3, 2020 at 10:52 am

      Brandi you will not get any constructive comments from the person whose calculations differed very much from yours. He does not like to be challenged,

      • Emanuel  On July 3, 2020 at 12:17 pm

        C — The old man is like a setting fowl, you come near the nest and you risk getting your eyes poked.

        Emanuel

  • Winston  On July 3, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    Curtis I’m glad to see you called out VNM for his name calling of President Granger above. For whom the Gods make great, they first make mad!!! Definitely going off the rails.

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