Guyana Polls Close, Results Not Expected Before Friday

The electoral process in the small Caribbean nation of Guyana ran “smoothly” according to Head of the European Union (EU) Observation Mission, as hundreds of thousands of Guyanese took to the polls Monday to elect a new government.

“My personal impression of this morning was positive. Polling stations I visited everywhere, I saw very professional attitude and all the process was so far very smooth,” the Head of the EU Mission Urmas Paet said, as the 2,339 polling stations across the 10 administrative regions closed on Monday at 6:00 pm local time.

Observers from the Organization of American States and the Caribbean Community were also invited to partake in the process.

Over 600,000 Guyanese were eligible to vote in the 2020 Elections, in which nine political parties are competing in the general elections and 11 in the regional elections. The new 65-member National Assembly will be elected for a five-year term, and the leader of the largest coalition or party becomes the country’s president.

Final election results are not expected before Friday, although the commission is allowed 15 days to do so.

Yet when asked about the possible outcome, President David Granger leader of the Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) – who received a vote of no-confidence back in 2018 triggering the early elections – expressed he is “very confident, even before today” about his victory.

Meanwhile, members of the Opposition, People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) have said that they received reports of persons not being able to find their names on the lists which were posted at the various polling stations. The opposition has since committed to investigating this matter.

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