GECOM Declares Opposition Candidate Ifraan Ali as President-Elect

Presidential Candidate and opposition leader, Irfaan Ali

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – A report by the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield submitted to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), on Sunday, has given the main opposition People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C), victory in the disputed March 2 regional and general elections.

However, Lowenfield, in a letter dated August 3 to GECOM’s chairperson, Retired Justice Claudette Sing, expressed dissatisfaction with the results.

“Notwithstanding the foregoing, with respect to your directive to provide a report according to section 96 based on the Certificates of Recount, the calculation of seats for each list of candidates is summarized….”

Lowenfield, who was originally due to have submitted his report based on the national recount at 10am (local time) on Sunday, did so only after GECOM resumed its deliberations on Sunday afternoon.

According to the report submitted by Lowenfield – the ruling Coalition – A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), received – 217,920 votes; the main opposition PPP/C received 233,336 while 5,214 went to other parties.

More to follow.

CMC

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