PPP projects gains in APNU strongholds, wins across the country – Jagdeo
Though awaiting the official declaration from the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and physical copies of Statements of Poll (SOPs), General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C), Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo says that his party has won in most areas across Guyana.
Jagdeo projected the wins at a late-night press briefing at Freedom House in Georgetown – the PPP/C Headquarters – hours after the close of the 2023 Local Government Elections polls.
He said preliminary results show the party winning potentially about 65 of the 80 Local Authority Areas (LAAs) across the country. This is based on the SOPs of the PPP/C and its own tabulation process.
Before Monday’s elections, it was known that the PPP/C could also claim 13 of these LAAs since it presented the sole list of candidates in those areas.
Additionally, he believes the PPP/C has won all the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) in Regions One, Two and Three. There are 70 NDCs across the country and 10 municipalities.
“This is an extremely big night for the PPP,” the General Secretary said.
He was, however, cautious about declaring any results since GECOM remains the only authorised entity to do so.
“A lot can change based on the final copies of the SOPs.
“GECOM is still the final official entity that will declare the results (but) I am advised that nothing will change the overwhelming victory that the PPP has at these Local Government Elections,” Dr. Jagdeo said.
He believes that the party’s ability to gain more votes in APNU strongholds is a cause for much celebration and a feat that will allow the party, which already forms Central Government, to win re-election in the 2025 General and Regional Elections.
In fact, he highlighted that the party gained more votes in traditional strongholds of the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU). Strongholds of APNU include the municipalities of Georgetown, Linden and New Amsterdam.
In New Amsterdam, in particular, Jagdeo said the PPP was able to compete “neck and neck” in most of the seven constituencies there.
“For a party contesting in an area that is APNU’s stronghold, doing that is a really, really big achievement,” he emphasised.
Jagdeo also cautioned citizens to be wary of results being announced by APNU and to await the official results of the elections from GECOM.