Opposition ahead in Guyana election count
PRELIMINARY REPORTS indicate there may be a change of government in Guyana.
According to Stabroek News, chief election officer Keith Lowenfield made the announcement earlier today, indicating the Opposition APNU+AFC alliance had received 206 817 votes, while the ruling PPP/C had 201 457 in the general elections.
Lowenfield indicated these were preliminary results and the returning officers would make their declarations by the end of the day.
A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance for Change (AFC) have been claiming victory in Monday’s elections, but the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) which is seeking to extend its 22-year hold, has requested a recount in all districts.
Despite the demand for a recount, observers from the United States and Britain have hailed the elections as free and fair.
Tension was mounting across the country as the results were slow to come in, but both parties urged their supporters to be patient. (SAT)