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Polls open in Guyana

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Polls open in Guyana

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It’s election day in Guyana.

President of Guyana David Granger and his wife Sandra were the first to vote at Pearl Nursery School, East Bank Demerara.

Afterwards, he told the media he was confident that his coalition administration of the A Partnership for National Unity+ Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) will be successful in today’s poll.

There are 661 028 eligible voters for today’s general and regional elections. They will be able to vote at 2 339 polling stations across this sprawling 83 000 square mile South American country.

This election which is being held about 12 weeks before it would have been constitutionally due because the Granger administration lost a vote of no confidence on December 21, 2018.

Under the constitution, elections should have been held within 90 days of that defeat, but the government dragged the matter through the courts right up to the Caribbean Court of Justice, seeking to overturn the outcome of that vote.

Today’s election is expected to be a close, a straight fight between the APNU+AFC and the main opposition Peoples’ Progressive Party/Civic.

In the last poll, held in May 2015, the coalition captured 33 seats in the 65-seat parliament, and the PPP/C, 32 seats. (SP)