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Guyana: Big parties hold on to bases-preliminary results show towns split between APNU, PPP

The two major political parties have maintained their hold on their traditional support bases with the government A Partnership for National Unity projected to win five of the 10 municipalities, while the opposition collected the other five with slim wins in Mabaruma and Lethem.

Based on preliminary results seen by this newspaper APNU is projected to win big in Georgetown, Linden and Bartica. They will also win Mahdia and New Amsterdam. The opposition People’s Progressive Party will hold on to those it has held over the years- Corriverton, Rose Hall and Anna Regina, while picking up Mabaruma and Lethem. For Lethem the PPP reportedly won five of the 10 seats with four going to APNU and one to the AFC. Political observers say this is a virtual tie as the AFC’s candidate will likely support APNU at the council.

Meanwhile, preliminary results for the majority of Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) were not released by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).

Region One – Mabaruma 
Based on preliminary results coming out of Municipality of Mabaruma, Region One in the Proportional Representation component of the Local Government Elections, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) took the lead with 584 votes followed by APNU with 408 votes and the AFC with 51 votes.

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