Region 8 recount completed; Region 7 tabulation certified

…700 more ballot boxes to be recounted

The recount of ballots cast for Electoral District Eight (Potaro–Siparuni) in the March 02 General and Regional Elections, as well as the retabulation for District Seven (Cuyuni–Mazaruni) were completed on Saturday.
A total of 402 ballot boxes has been recounted for Region Four (Demerara–Mahaica), leaving some 477 more to be recounted. With the Region Eight recount concluded, an additional counting station has been added to Region Four, bringing to five the total number of counting stations for that Region.
At the end of day 25, the day that was initially scheduled to be the last day for the recount, GECOM was able to recount 84 ballot boxes, bringing the total number of recounted boxes to 1,639 of the 2,339 boxes in total. This means that 700 boxes are left to be counted.
On Saturday, 25 boxes were recounted for Region Four; 27 for Region Six (East Berbice – Corentyne); 6 for Region 8; 11 for Region 9 (Upper Takutu –Upper Essequibo), and 15 for Region 10 (Upper Demerara– Berbice).
Following completion of the re-tabulation of ballots for Electoral District Seven, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) party agents continued to refuse to sign the re-tabulation certificates.
The numbers for the re-tabulation are almost the same as those that had been declared by that District’s Returning Officer Glendon Fredericks on March 04, 2020.
Fredericks, in his declaration, revealed that the APNU/AFC won District 7 with a total of 4,817 votes in the General Elections and secured 4,836 in the Regional Elections. The recount of the ballots showed that APNU/AFC secured 4,813 and 4,839 votes in the General and Regional Elections respectively.
Despite winning the Region, the Coalition’s agents remain adamant that they would not sign the recount tabulation certificates. This move comes as the Party continues to allege that the March 2 elections were plagued by numerous instances of voter fraud.
In the original declarations, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic had secured 3,692 and 3,720 votes in the Regional and General Elections respectively.
Meanwhile, the recount figures awarded the PPP/C were 3,703 and 3,728 votes in the Regional and General Elections respectively.