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Report shows victory for ruling coalition in Guyana

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GEORGETOWN – The Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield presented a report to the chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), retired justice Claudette Singh, showing a victory for the ruling coalition, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) in the disputed March 2 regional and general election.

Lowenfield who had earlier missed the 11 a.m. (local time) deadline given to him by Singh, in his new report, put the valid votes as 475 118, giving the coalition 236 777 and the main opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) 229 330. keith-lowenfield

As a result, he has assigned coalition, 32 seats in the 65 member Parliament, 31 to the PPP/C and one seat to three of the smaller opposition parties.

One of the three opposition nominated members on the seven-member GECOM, Sase Gunraj, told reporters that the report did not reflect the results of the national  recount that ended on June 9 with the PPP/C claiming that it had won the polls by more than 15 000 votes.

Gunraj said Lowenfield and the three government nominated Commissioners did not show up Saturday for the meeting and as a result there could not be a quorum.

He said instead, what Lowenfield did was to send the final report to the Commission containing the alternative numbers.

Singh, Friday informed Lowenfield, he should revisit her letter of July 9 to prepare his report that would start the process of releasing the official results of the elections

Lowenfield had earlier written to Singh indicating that he needed guidance as to whether the report should be premised on Section 18 of the Election Laws or on Article 177 (2) (b) of the Constitution.

“In response to your request for guidance on which the results of the march 2,2020 Elections can be declared, you are accordingly advised that my letter dated July 9, 2020 stands,” Singh responded, informing Lowenfield “you are therefore required to submit your report by 11.00 hrs on 11th July 2020”. (CMC)

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