…more and more Guyanese losing confidence in Govt – Opposition Leader
Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said the overwhelming majority of Guyanese who threw their support behind the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) at the Local Government Elections (LGE) is a clear indication that the general populace has lost confidence in the incumbent A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government.
In fact, he said it is quite interesting to note that the PPP/C won 28,000 more votes than the APNU/AFC when the voter turnout was just below 50 per cent whereas in the National Elections 2015, the marginal difference was a mere 5000 votes.
“If you take 50 per cent of the votes that we got in 2015 and you put it in the PPP column, we would be talking about something like 33,000 votes more than APNU/AFC but as it stands now, leaving out those areas… we won 28,000 more votes than APNU in elections,
“This magnifies basically the showing of the PPP because with only a 47 per cent turnout, we won 28,000 more than APNU/AFC, 25,000 by GECOM’s number,” Jagdeo stated.
Former President Bharrat Jagdeo
The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) reported that the PPP/C won by reining in a total 123,564 votes, some 24,894 more than the coalition government which gained 98,670 votes.
But Jagdeo explained that the figures are incorrect because GECOM did not take into consideration the areas where the PPP/C had no contest like Crabwood Creek and Black Bush Polder.
He also disclosed that the PPP/C won a whopping 754 seats of the 1166 which were up for grabs whereas the APNU/AFC scraped to secure 375.
This, he said, translates into the PPP/C gaining control of over 48 of the 71 Local Authority areas, with APNU/AFC winning 16 and the remaining seven areas showing a tie between the two parties.
Furthermore, the Opposition Leader took pride in giving a further breakdown of the results and disclosed that the PPP/C succeeded in penetrating several APNU/AFC strongholds like Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo’s hometown of Whim.
“Nagamootoo got wiped out in Whim!” Jagdeo declared.
Jagdeo added that the Party managed to multiply its existing support in areas such as those along the Essequibo Coast.
He concluded that the low turnout in many of the APNU/AFC-dominated areas is a sign that people are beyond disgruntled with “this concept of the ‘good life’ that a few people seem to enjoy.”
“As I’ve said before, government seems to live in this cocoon that everyone is doing well,” Jagdeo posited, making references to the sufferance of the rice farmers and sugar workers.
That aside, he conceded that the Party’s campaign was lacklustre and that more focus should have been directed in the various municipalities around the county.
“I do not think we competed effectively in the City, in Linden, New Amsterdam and some other areas… we will change that, will hit the ground in Linden, in New Amsterdam and in Lethem,” he said, noting that Party members will embark on a mission to convince APNU/AFC supporters that the PPP/C has a better plan for the development of Guyana.
Meanwhile, the LGE results according to regions show: the PPP/C receiving 1422 votes and the APNU/AFC receiving 1470 in Region One (Barima-Waini).
In Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), the PPP/C secured 11,146 votes while the APNU/AFC secured 3021.
In Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), the PPP/C ran away with 28,983, while the APNU/AFC took 11,896 votes.
In Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), the PPP/C secured 37,692 votes while Government followed with 23,047.
Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), the PPP moved ahead with 9411, while the APNU/AFC secured 8783.
In Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), the Opposition secured 27,427 votes, while the APNU/AFC got 10,021.
Regions Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo), saw Government leading with 2132 and 662 respectively, while the Opposition followed with 853 and 457 respectively.
In Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), Government took a sweeping victory by securing 7412 votes, while the Opposition secured a meagre 417.
Out of the 507,584 eligible voters in LGE, 239,070 persons or 47 per cent voted. Out of the total votes cast, 2744 were invalid.