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Guyana: ‘Only valid votes’ | APNU+AFC maintains GECOM can only calculate to arrive at credible results

The APNU+AFC coalition has put forward that in the handing over of the Chief Elections Officer’s (CEOs) report today, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) must declare only valid votes as doing otherwise would be in contrast to the law.

Section 96 of the Representation of the Peoples Act states: “The Chief Election Officer shall calculate the total number of valid votes of electors which have been cast for each list of candidates and thereupon shall ascertain the result of the election in accordance with sections 97 and 98. 97.”

This was the reminder of APNU+AFC Election Agent, Joseph Harmon in a public statement on Wednesday, ahead of the CEO’s report expected to be handed over by 13:00 hours today. There has been much debate both nationally and amongst Commissioners about how the Election’s body should legally treat with the elections which political parties and local and international elections observers have acknowledged was impacted by some amount of irregularities and anomalies.

Elections Observer Missions (EOMs) have noted such instances of irregularities but, like the main Opposition party, do not believe that these are of magnitude to impact the outcome of the elections which has put the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) in the lead.

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