APNU retains lead in Georgetown Municipality

─ 28,868 votes cast from 119,374 eligible voters in the Municipality

─ APNU garnered an overall 18,127 votes

─ 28,436 were valid, 432 ballots were rejected

─ 112 spoiled ballots and a tender ballot was issued

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) has taken the lead in Georgetown at this year’s Local Government Elections (LGE).

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) today said that from the 119,374 eligible voters in the Georgetown Municipality, and the 28,868 votes cast, the APNU garnered an overall 18,127 votes.

Returning Officer of Georgetown, Duarte Hetsberger delivers the results in the presence of GECOM’s PRO Yolanda Ward [right] and the RO’s clerk, Michelle Miller.

The Alliance for Change secured 3,059 votes, the GNS 94, the People’s Progressive Party 7,050 and the United Republican Party 106 votes.

The results were both for Proportional Representation (PR) and the First Past the Post components.

“With the council having 30 seats, APNU occupies 21 of those seats, nine of PR, 12 from the FPTP, the AFC occupies 2 seats both from the PR, and the PPP will occupy seven seats, four from the PR and three from the FPTP component,” returning officer of Georgetown said today.

A breakdown of the 15 constituencies shows APNU Councilor, Ubraj Narine of Constituency One, occupying a seat on the City Council with 816 votes. In constituencies Two and Three, the PPP secured top numbers with 877 (Nalisa Ferguson) and 849 (Dimitri Ali) respectively. Constituency Four was won by APNU with a total of 654 votes, while Deputy Mayor Akeem Peters of Constituency Five has clenched some 1,473 votes. Parsram Persaud of the PPP leads in Constituency Six with 1,279 votes. APNU also takes the lead in Constituencies Seven through 15, thus leading the City Council.

Of the votes cast, 28,436 were valid, 432 ballots were rejected. There were also 112 spoiled ballots and a tender ballot that was issued.

GECOM’s Public Relations Officer, Yolanda Ward said this year’s elections has seen very little hiccups.

“From where I sit at GECOM, I think we have efficiently and effectively conducted these elections with no hiccups. Even where there were minor glitches, we were able to remedy those, and I think that at GECOM, we are satisfied with the conduct of those elections in the 80 Local Authorities Areas countrywide.”

According to the returning officer, the data represents a 28.3 per cent voter turnout.

Alexis Rodney.

Image: Keno George.

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