The final statement of recount was tabulated just before noon on Monday morning, bringing an end to the recount of ballots and tabulation of votes cast at the 2nd March elections.
Based on the undeclared results, the People’s Progressive Party has picked up 50.69% of the votes cast while its closest rival, the APNU+AFC bagged 47.34% of the votes.
In total based on the tabulation, the PPP won 233,336 votes while 217,920 persons voted for the APNU+AFC. The remaining small parties together won 8,852 votes with the Liberty and Justice Party leading that pack with its 2,657 votes.
A total of 4,211 ballots were rejected.
PPP Executive and Party Agent, Anil Nandlall said the recount has proven that it is indeed the PPP that won the elections.
He said “good has triumph over evil”.
“This exercise demonstrates that democracy and the rule of law are still alive and prevailing in our country despite attempts to derail the democratic process and thwart the will of the people. What we saw with the completion of this exercise is good triumph over evil, what we saw was the rule of law prevailing of anarchy and democracy prevailing over thuggery and this connotes a great victory for all of our people and all of Guyana”, Nandlall said.
Mr. Nandlall said it must be noted that there are still other components of the exercise that must be completed before a final declaration could be made.
The Chief Elections Officer will now have to compile a report on the tabulation and the observations during the recount and forward that to the Elections Commission.
The CARICOM high-level team is also expected to compile its own report on the recount process and forward that to the Commission.
The Elections Commission will have to study the reports before a final declaration is made, which will pave the way for the Presidential swearing-in.
But even with the process moving forward, the APNU+AFC appears to be holding out with its claims of electoral fraud.
In a statement, the party said GECOM may need to remove all of the votes that cannot be validated from the recount.
The party has pointed to a number of anomalies uncovered during the recount that it believes brings the entire elections into question.
Appearing on an APNU+AFC Facebook programme, coalition candidate and executive member, Joe Harmon said the process is still incomplete and persons declaring victory now would only be “pampazeting” themselves.
He said the APNU+AFC will not accept results with tabulated votes that cannot be validated.
The recount of votes was triggered by President David Granger following protests from the other parties over the declared Region Four results. Those results which were tabulated and announced by Returning Officer Clairmont Mingo swung the elections in the favour of the APNU+AFC.
Mingo was accused of using bloated figures to tabulate the results to the benefit of the APNU+AFC.
Mingo’s declarations were deemed not credible by local and foreign observers and the US threatened sanctions against any government that was sworn in on results that were not credible.
Guyana went to the polls on the 2nd March and is awaiting final results more than three months later.