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Guyana election: Main parties confident of victory as results are tallied

Published:Tuesday | May 12, 2015 | 11:29 AM
Voters line up to cast their votes at the FE Pollard Primary School in Georgetown, Guyana yesterday.
Guyana President Donald Ramotar casts his ballot in the general elections, in Georgetown yesterday.
A poll worker helps Guyana Prime Minister Samuel Hinds cast his ballot in the general elections yesterday.
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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):

Guyana’s two main political parties today claimed victory as the country awaits the results of yesterday's general and regional elections.

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is due to announce the first set of preliminary results yesterday after it postponed the announcement on yesterday night following what its chairman Dr Steve Surujbally acknowledged was an environment that “is not conducive to the safe movement of the ballot boxes”.

President Donald Ramotar, who is hoping to extend the 22-year hold the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) has on government, said “our team in tallying the statements of poll is concluding that there are grounds for optimism and a positive outlook for a PPP/C victory”.

Ramotar has called on GECOM to execute its mandate to ensure timely and accurate results.

“We further urge the PPP/C supporters and the Guyanese Public as a whole not to be misled nor provoked by the Opposition and their agents in derailing the results announcement process,” he added.

But in a statement, the opposition coalition alliance of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance for Change (AFC) said that it too was “confident that the Coalition has conducted a vertically integrated campaign and our internal monitoring has indicated that we have won these elections, and the people of Guyana have spoken definitively for change”.

But the coalition said it is “concerned by the campaign currently being waged by the People Progressive Party (PPP) that they have won the General and Regional Elections by a slim majority.

“The coalition regards this as mischievous, provocative and not in the best interest of the country.

APNU+AFC urges the Guyana Elections Commission to use its best efforts to provide a timely declaration of the results to put the nation at rest.”