GEORGE TOWN, Guyana (CMC) – The main opposition coalition has won the general elections held here on Monday, according to preliminary figures released Thursday by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).
The opposition alliance, comprising A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance for Change (AFC), polled 206,817 , as compared to 201,457 for the incumbent People’s Progressive Party/Civic that was seeking to extend its 22-year hold on power in this Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.
On Wednesday night, former United States President Jimmy Carter urged GECOM to release the results of the elections and called on political leaders to act responsibly.
“I call on GECOM to urgently publicize all of the results that it has received and reviewed in Georgetown. Political leaders should act responsibly and allow GECOM to continue its work,” Carter said.
“The law provides for recounts, and the submission of election petitions following the declaration of results by GECOM,” he added.
The ruling PPP/C had called for a recount in all 10 regions of the country, while the coalition had given the electoral authorities a 24-hour deadline to make a “definitive’ statement on the election impasse.
Carter, who led an observer mission from the Carter Center, said “all sides should avoid taking unnecessary actions that could contribute to a climate of fear or threaten peace.
“I urge the Guyanese people to remain patient and to reflect the dignity and integrity of what took place on Election Day. The voters have spoken and the results will be available soon, ” he said.