APNU Slams GECOM

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News Americas, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Weds. Nov. 30, 2011: Guyana’s opposition coalition party, A Partnership for National Unity (A.P.N.U), has slammed the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) for being under the “undue influence” of the incumbent People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C).

GECOM’s arrangements have already resulted in two days of delays in producing the results for the general and regional elections, held on Nov. 28, 2011.

The delay came even as PPP/C Presidential Candidate Donald Ramotar on his Facebook page on Tuesday 29th November that he had won the Presidency. The PPP later tried to distance themselves from the news.

APNU is urging the GECOM to state specifically on what basis it intends to make a declaration of results and said it is not confident that that any declaration by GECOM at this stage about the Presidency of Guyana can have a legitimate basis.

A.P.N.U also insists that the requirements of the electoral laws were fully met when the presiding officers and the polling agents signed and posted their respective results outside each polling station and as such will never participate in any recount of the votes.

The party also criticized the assault led by members of the PPP/C on several polling stations during the counting of ballots at the place of poll immediately after voting stopped including by Clement Rohee, Odinga Lumumba, Kwame McKoy, Frank Anthony and Juan Edghill.

APNU also pointed to what it says was the blatant compromising of the ballot boxes as witnessed by their observers after the close of poll of a GECOM ballot box security seal #0023154 at the East Ruimveldt Multilateral School on Mandela Ave, Georgetown and other anomalies in which ballot boxes in the following areas do not correspond with the numbers issued by GECOM.

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