The coalition A Partnership for National Unity+ Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) Tuesday afternoon claimed victory in general and regional elections held one day earlier, despite calls by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and Western Nations for the parties to await the official announcement of the results.
Coalition Presidential candidate, David Granger said that after counting from 2,025 statements of poll, APNU+AFC has won 182,176 votes compared to 157,947 by the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC)—a commanding lead that “we feel will be difficult to close.”
The coalition said it would be awaiting the official results from GECOM which plans to do so from 6PM Tuesday. “The APNU+AFC Coalition, therefore, after careful examination of the results can be seen to have a commanding lead in the polls. APNU+AFC continues to urge its supporters to remain calm as the official announcement of the results of the elections is awaited,” said the coalition.
Ramotar, in a statement earlier Tuesday, expressed confidence that his PPPC would clinch victory in the polls widely regarded as the keenest contest since 1964 when the PPP was displaced by a coalition between the People’s National Congress (PNC) and The United Force (TUF).
The coalition is crediting what it believed was an unassailable lead to improved showing in Regions Four and 10.
Granger said he was not fearful that that the figures that he presented would be contradicted but believed that more harm can be done if there is an abnormal delay. He believes that it is better to show how the votes are being tabulated.
On the issue of unrest, the APNU+AFC coalition says it has no interest in disorder r disobedience of the law. “We ran a clean campaign,” he said, adding that if anyone breaks the Code of Conduct for Political Parties it would be the PPPC.
On the thorny issue of whether the coalition should not have awaited official announcements of preliminary results and the declaration, Granger said “we have an obligation to communicate with our supporters and general public.”