The May/June rains have come to Guyana but they won’t cool off the masses seething at the wait for the elections results amidst the lowest political chicanery in the highest offices of the land. Only Gecom can bring that relief.
Over night former minister Leslie Ramsammy claimed the coalition stole 10,000 votes in Georgetown but brings zero evidence. We also ascertained that the PPP/C was lying when it issued its results Tuesday (see this chart)
And we received reports that the party met with diplomats and observers claiming massive electoral fraud with the collusion of Gecom. “Baseless and madness” is how one official described it. All three of the ABC diplomats along with all the observer missions and the black pudding lady have declared the process free and fair.
But no. “Party member, Priya Manickchand, at a news conference held at Freedom House yesterday made it clear that the issue at hand is not one of merely winning the 2015 General and Regional Elections, but guarding against the threats to democracy.” (Chronicle)
Kaieteur News has had enough and gives them a nudge: “PPP/C concedes defeat, begin clearing out offices” although there is little solid content to the story other than the photographed incident at the Ministry of Labour. It also carries a front page comment concluding “Guyana is about to enter a new day and our patience has yielded the desired results.”
SN plays it straight writing that Gecom “last night released results for 78% of polling stations, showing the incumbent PPP/C and the opposition alliance APNU+AFC neck and neck but angering the opposition alliance as many of the uncounted stations represented its stronghold.” They also establish that because of the challenges “Gecom had set aside the 490 Statements of Poll (SoPs) under query and gone ahead and processed the results from the 1,809 polling stations. ” Not processed…released. Lowenfeld had said they were processed and could be quickly added. However we wonder what will change within the bitterly divided Gecom from last night to 10 am when it promises once again to release the complete results?
Meanwhile APNUAFC immediately issued a press release which called on Gecom to immediately release all results in its possession. And Jimmy Carter writing from Atlanta adds his voice although his presence here is sorely missed: “I call on GECOM to urgently publicize all of the results that it has received and reviewed in Georgetown.”
He won’t have to wait. Granger says he will release all their results this morning which will show the coalition has won. Monday might have been the elections but this is D-Day.