82 ballot boxes processed on day 20 of national recount

DPI, Guyana, Monday, May 25, 2020

At the end of day 20 of the national recount of the March 2, 2020 General and Regional Elections, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) reported that 82 ballot boxes were processed, raising the number so far reviewed to 1,206.

Some 1, 133 ballot boxes are yet to be completed.

Out of the completed boxes today, 18 were for Region Three, 21 for Region Four, 7 for Region Five, 18 for Region Six, 7 for Region Seven and 5 and 6 for Regions Eight and Nine respectively.

Regions Eight and Nine commenced earlier today after the completion of Region Five. Both Regions have been allocated one workstation each.

As it stands, six regions are currently being recounted utilising 12 workstations. These include Regions Three, Four, Six and Seven.

In the meantime, 1,169 Statements of Recount (SORs) were tabulated for the General elections and 1,177 were tabulated for the Regional.

Earlier today, former Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency Joseph Harmon said the coalition expects to find more irregularities during the ongoing national recount.

He said a review of over 600 ballot boxes by May 22, found “qualitative irregularities” in some 86,387 votes.

“Our investigations have revealed that the electoral theft has been unravelling and over 86,000 votes cannot be accounted for. This goes directly to the credibility of the elections. The unaccounted votes are evidence of a fraudulent attempt to suppress the will of the majority of the Guyanese people who voted for the APNU+AFC.  We anticipate that we will find more of these anomalies and will continue to highlight them,” he said on a live broadcast.

The national recount continues tomorrow at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre.

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