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GECOM: Lowenfield report gives Coalition lead of 68,383; cites anomalies in all ten districts

Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield yesterday in his report to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), claimed that 55% of the 2,339 ballot boxes used in the March 2 elections were so affected by instances of irregularities, voter impersonation and unreconciled documents, that the total results for each district could not be ascertained to be derived from a fair and impartial election.

Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield

If these boxes were extracted from the process, as suggested by Lowenfield, the remaining boxes would account for a total of a little over 183,000 votes with the lion’s share going to APNU+AFC (125,010), the bulk of the remained going to the PPP (56,627) and the remainder to the smaller parties.

The CEO tabulated 168 instances of anomalies across the ten districts, affecting seven percent of all ballot boxes.          Continue reading

More Suriname Cabinet ministers to face the axe … for corruption

More Suriname Cabinet ministers to face the axe … for corruption

JUNE 24, 2013 | BY  |

“Party interests are more important than friendship and the country’s interest is even more important than the party interest…” – Bouterse

President Desire Bouterse

President Desiré Bouterse’s Cabinet may soon experience another “shake-up” as he is planning to dismiss more Cabinet Ministers.
This is according to a Surinamese news website, dwtonline.com, which interviewed Bouterse following the dismissal of Public Works Minister Ramon Abrahams and Forestry Minister Ginmardo Kromosoeto.      Continue reading

Electoral Assistance Bureau Report – 2011 Elections – commentary

EAB report – 2011 Elections – Commentary

By Stabroek News  – April 1, 2012 Editorial

The EAB has spoken.  Not, one fears, that this might have much impact on our two main political parties, both of whom are long on mistrust and short on reason.  For those who operate in an altogether less conspiratorial context, however, the report of the Electoral Assistance Bureau on the November 28, 2011 elections is a very welcome intervention. If one has a regret, it is that the report did not come sooner, before the major parties gave public expression to their fantasies about the outcome of the poll.

The findings of the EAB cannot be easily dismissed. The organization has a commendable track record going back to the 1992 elections, and of all the observers has unparalleled experience of the elections processes, parties and conditions here. According to its website, in addition to its observer activities, it undertook a detailed assessment of the Statements of Poll (SoPs), which necessitated gaining access to the collections held by Gecom, the PPP/C, APNU and the AFC. Both the Guyana Elections Commission and the political parties co-operated with the bureau in this regard.    Continue reading

GECOM to consider APNU’s SOPs verification findings

GECOM to consider APNU’s SOPs verification findings

Demerara Waves  March 20, 2012.

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) says it is seriously concerned about the claims of the APNU in relation to its findings from its Statements of Poll (SOPs) verification exercise and they will be fully considered.

The APNU on Monday stated that it had uncovered too many irregularities to form a credible basis on which the presidency could be decided from the November 28 polls.

In a statement Tuesday GECOM’s Public Relations Officer Vishnu Persaud stated that they had noted with “serious concerns” the issues which were publicised by the opposition coalition.

“It is essential that we point out that, at the time that the Commission agreed to make the SOPs available to the APNU for scrutiny, this Party had given the undertaking to provide GECOM with the details of its findings.  Notwithstanding the APNU’s public pronouncements, to date GECOM has received no official documentation on this matter from the Partnership,” Persaud stated.

When contacted on Tuesday APNU Election Agent Joseph Harmon told Demerara Waves Online News that that they would be presenting the Commission with a formal copy of their findings before the end of the week.   Continue reading