PPP attempting to officially request recount of Region 4
The People’s Progressive Party is attempting to officially request a recount of all votes cast in Region Four at the March 2 general and regional elections.
The request was made by the PPP’s counting agent, Charles Ramson Jr and up until the time of this article, Ramson was outside the office of the Returning Officer (RO), Clairmont Mingo at the Command Centre of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on High and Hadfield Streets, Georgetown.
But Ramson has been unable to serve the request for a recount to the RO as the GECOM office is closed and is being guarded by a heavy Police presence.
As a matter of fact, GECOM Commissioner Sase Gunraj, told the News Room Friday that he has been prevented from passing the Police barricade at High and Brickdam and High Streets in order to access the GECOM office.
As at this time, there has been no official declaration of a winner of the March 02 elections by neither the Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield nor the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission, Justice (Rt’d) Claudette Singh.
On Thursday, the Returning Officer for Region Four made a declaration of unverified results from that region, which put the APNU+AFC Coalition in the lead.
The PPP, other parties and the international community have all declared that the declaration did not follow due process and urged that the Region Four RO follow the legal process for the declaration.
The PPP attempted to block the declaration with a High Court order but the Order never reached the Returning Officer.
On Thursday night, the ranks of the Tactical Services Unit, better known as the riot squad entered the GECOM Command Centre and ejected all observers and party agents.
It is not known if they extracted any documents.
The Chairman of GECOM has not spoken to the media since Tuesday.
On Thursday night, President David Granger suggested that he would be sworn in today.
Meanwhile, on Thursday night, a group of opposition political parties joined together to condemn the declaration of the unverified results from Region Four.