Opposition claims “massive victory” but questions LGE results

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The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) is claiming a “massive victory” at the 2016 Local Government Elections (LGE) polls, noting that it has won close to 28,000 votes.

During a press conference Thursday, Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, stated that, “based on GECOM’s number, we [PPP] won 25,000 votes more than APNU; our numbers are closer to 28,000 and this does not include the 4 NDC’s where there was a no-contest.”

He added that according to the numbers received on Thursday morning, “the second point is there were 1,166 seats contested; the PPP won, based on the figures received this morning, 754 of those seats. APNU won 375 and the independent groups, 36. So it means that PPP won 65% of the seats contested across the country, APNU 32% and the others about 3%.”

Meanwhile, during a post cabinet Media Conference on Thursday, Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman said that Government is “quite satisfied” with the outcome of the recently held LGE.

He did not comment on the figures of the election noting that “we are not here to give support to statements made by the Opposition” but said the government is “not at all turned-off” by what people are calling a low turn-out for the elections.  He said “we concentrated our efforts on the towns, the urban centres and that strategy worked… we are quite satisfied with the outcome and we believe that the vision of the urbanisation of Guyana is actually taking root and we are well on our way to advancing our agenda.”

According to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), 47.1% of the voters came out to exercise their franchise on March, 18, 2016.

According to results released on GECOM’s website, A partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change coalition (APNU+AFC) has secured 11 seats in the Georgetown municipality, while The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) received two (2), Team Benschop for Mayor – one (1) and Team Legacy – one (1).

Meanwhile, in Rose Hall, East Berbice, Corentyne, PPP/C  received 558 votes and were allotted four (4) seats on the council, while the APNU+AFC managed to acquire three (3). APNU+AFC and the PPP/C were the dominant parties that contested in New Amsterdam. With 3,947 votes, APNU+AFC came out victorious, followed by the PPP/C, who was able to obtain two (2) seats with the help of the 1,220 voters, who voted in their favour.

In the municipality of Lethem, the APNU+AFC took the lead with 662 votes, securing three (3) seats, while the PPP/C won two (2), with its 447.

Bartica saw a landslide victory for the APNU+AFC with 2,132 votes and six (6) seats. The PPP/C captured 853 votes, while the Bartica Independence Green Alliance (BIGA) received 375 votes.

In Mabaruma, the coalition copped 777 votes out of the 1,464 votes cast.

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