Wednesday, November 30, 2011

PPP/C urges GECOM to release preliminary results

THE People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has called on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to make public immediately, or as soon as possible , preliminary results of the 2011 General and Regional Elections.
The PPP/C, in a statement last night, said it feels that such declaration would dissipate the disquiet that has seemingly engulfed Guyanese as they anxiously await the election results.
Further, the PPP/C said it wishes to reiterate that its call for a recount of ballots in some polling areas must not be misconstrued as an attempt to interrupt or delay the ongoing counting process and declaration of results.
The PPP/C had also requested a meeting last night with the Chairman of GECOM, Dr. Steve Surujbally, so that it can encourage the Commission to announce the preliminary results in the interest of all.
“It is the PPP/C’s fervent wish that GECOM will consider the severity of the situation and take appropriate action,” the party stated.
The PPP/C is also calling on all Guyanese to remain calm and exercise patience as they await the results of the elections.
The official preliminary results of the November 28 poll is yet to be declared by GECOM which had indicated that, by last night, it should have been in a position to do so.
Up to midnight last night, only a small fraction of the results were released. Results were trickling in yesterday but the final preliminary results are still to be announced.
However, at separate press conferences on Monday night, and again yesterday morning, Dr. Surujbally stressed that he will not compromise accuracy for expediency, insisting that he wants to ensure that preliminary results are accurate when released.

According to him, GECOM cannot sacrifice exactitude and thoroughness nor can they compromise their efficiency on the altar of expediency to produce the elections results.
“The hard copy of the Statement of Poll is what counts…telephone results coming in from the various polling stations all over Guyana is not something that we can accept, neither will we use that…We have a process where, as the Statements of Poll arrive, it is logged in and verified, the individual Statement of Poll that comes in is scanned then verified…This is being done by Commissioners themselves…this is to ensure a high degree of accuracy,” he told reporters.

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