News Americas, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Thurs. Dec. 1, 2011: The ruling Peoples Progressive Party/Civic seems set to retake the presidency, according to updated preliminary figures released this morning by the Guyana Elections Commission following Monday’s elections.
With 62 percent of the votes counted as of 9:48 a.m. this morning, the PPP/C’s Donald Ramotar seemed set to take the Presidency from Bharrat Jagdeo as the party secured 148,976 voted. A Partnership for National Unity has 116,305 voted while the Alliance for Change, AFC, was showing 31, 489 and the TUF, 781 out of the 475, 496 valid votes cast.
The results so far could mean that for the first time since 1953, Ramotar will lead a minority govenrment.
Meanwhile, Jagdeo, at a press conference at state house Wednesday noted that all of the political parties know the results since they have tallied up their votes after having representatives at polling stations and had signed statements of polls after the counts were done.
However, he said that GECOM had asked that none of the parties claim victory or make an announcement prior to theirs.