…as GECOM still to count 2044 boxes
The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Tuesday concluded its first week of the National Recount exercise currently ongoing at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC), completing an additional 48 boxes.
This brings the total number of boxes counted thus far to 295, leaving 2044 more ballot boxes to be recounted in the remaining 18 days approved by the Commission to complete the process.
It would mean the Commission—at this rate—would need another 48 days to complete the recount exercise.
Additionally, further analyses
of the figures being released continue to corroborate Opposition claims that the Region Four results that were declared by Returning Officer Clairmont Mingo was, in fact, inflated heavily in favour of the incumbent coalition.
On Monday, ballot box 4064 from the Frien
dship Nursery School was recounted and the Statement of Recount generated revealed that the coalition gained 71 votes—one more than the Statement of Poll (SoP), a copy of which was given to each party.
Contrasted against the figures declared by Mingo, however, it revealed that he had declared 99 more votes for the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) than what was found in the box during the recount.
Notably, Mingo’s figures declared for the Opposition PPP/C were found to have been gouged by about two dozen votes in that single ballot box—a Polling Station for which only 275 persons were registered to vote.