Guyana’s ruling party makes major gains in Local Government Elections

PPP claims 62 wins of 80 Local Authority Areas

Bharrat Jagdeo

As Guyanese await official results from the Guyana Election Commission (GECOM) following Tuesday’s Local Government Election, Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo said the ruling People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) secured a “landslide” victory.

Speaking at a media conference, Jagdeo said Statement of Polls from election night show the party is on track to win 62 of 80 Local Authority Areas (LAA).

“This is clearly a wipeout. In the 80 areas, the PPP would have won the majority of the votes. That’s the definition of a massive victory,” he said.

According to Jagdeo, there will be a tie in four LAA.

“But we have the most votes in these areas. Therefore, if the seats are tied, the convention has been that those areas that have the majority gets the chairmanship,” he remarked.

The former president commended Guyanese for rejecting what he termed as the A Partnership for National Unity’s (APNU) campaign of scare tactics and race bating.

“They failed to stop the red wave,” he remarked.

The VP is celebrating the PPP/C’s ability to make inroads in APNU’s strongholds such as New Amsterdam and the capital city Georgetown.

In New Amsterdam, the PPP/C won six of the 14 seats.

In Georgetown, the party won five of the 15 seats, which is three more than 2018.

Jagdeo said the party is awaiting the Guyana Electoral Commission’s official declaration, which should be made in the coming days.

Over 400,000 people were eligible to participate in yesterday’s election.

By all accounts, voter turnout was low.