by Kurt Campbell
The Guyana Elections Commission is being criticized for its apparent sloth and alleged inaccuracy with the declarations of the just concluded local government elections.
The issue was called into question by Opposition Leader Bharrat during a press conference on Thursday afternoon.
Mr. Jagdeo insisted that the People’s Progressive Party’s victory was “massive” but claimed that there were attempts to deceive the citizenry.
“When I said the PPP won the elections massively, it was not a loose claim or an irresponsible claim,” Jagdeo said as he blasted GECOM over its declarations of the results and sections of the media for what he said was an attempt to put a spin on the facts.
“GECOM’s information is not factually accurate and some persons are not so clear because of different sources of information and the spin on the elections ,” he added.
In his attempt to set the record straight, Mr. Jagdeo presented his own analysis of the elections. He said the PPP won 48 of the 71 local authority areas in which it contested while there was a tie in seven.
To this end he pointed out that the results on GECOM’s website only reflects the PPP’s victory in 43 areas while ignoring those areas that were “no contest areas.
“No contest still have to be included as part of results and it will show that we have won more than three times that of APNU,” he added. The Opposition Leader further pointed out that of the 1166 seats contested, the PPP won 754 of those.
He also noted that the opposition party has won more than 25,000 votes than the governing APNU+AFC coalition.
He said the PPP’s contest in several of the of the municipalities, including Georgetown, Linden and New Amsterdam was inadequate and ineffective. “I would be the first to admit that we didn’t compete adequately and effectively and our campaign was lackluster in several municipal areas but we will get on the ground and change that in future elections,” he explained.
Mr. Jagdeo said the PPP also intends to do work in several coalition strongholds.