PPP/C won 61% of votes at lo­cal polls, APNU 34% -AFC nets 4%

Stabroek News Sunday - - GLOBAL GOSSIP -

Of­fi­cial re­sults de­clared by the Guyana Elec­tions Com­mis­sion (GECOM) for the Novem­ber 12th lo­cal gov­ern­ment polls have con­firmed a ma­jor win for the op­po­si­tion PPP/C, which se­cured 61% of the votes, while APNU, the main part­ner in the gov­ern­ing coali­tion, man­aged 34%. In its solo out­ing at the polls, the Al­liance For Change (AFC), the other part­ner in the gov­ern­ing coali­tion, was able to amass 8,719 votes, rep­re­sent­ing 4% of the to­tal num­ber of votes cast, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial re­sults. The AFC’s show­ing at­tracted in­ter­est as it was meant to com­pete with the op­po­si­tion PPP/C on the Coren­tyne and West Ber­bice. The AFC, how­ever, suf­fered heavy de­feats in these ar­eas. The AFC’s per­for­mance has also drawn pub­lic at­ten­tion as its lead­er­ship as­serted that it had main­tained its show­ing at around 10% of the na­tional vote. This is not so as it gained only 4% of the to­tal vote though its per­cent­age from the 27 Lo­cal Au­thor­ity Ar­eas it con­tested in was around 8%. An ex­tra­or­di­nary gazette, dated Novem­ber 21st, was yes­ter­day is­sued with com­plete re­sults for 78 of the 80 Lo­cal Au­thor­ity Ar­eas (LAAs) where polls were held on Novem­ber 12th. The num­ber of votes cast as part of the Pro­por­tional Rep­re­sen­ta­tion (PR) and First-Past-the-Post (FPTP) com­po­nents of the elec­tions have been de­clared for all LAAs ex­cept Bloom­field/Whim and Lan­caster/ Hogstye. The PR re­sults for these two ar­eas have not been de­clared.

Tri­umph shop­keeper, 88, killed in sus­pected rob­bery at home

An el­derly shop­keeper was dis­cov­ered dead yes­ter­day af­ter­noon in his Tri­umph, East Coast De­mer­ara house, where he was found with his hands bound and a wound to his head in what is sus­pected to be a rob­bery. Dead is Dhroowah Ram­nauth, pop­u­larly known as ‘Un­cle Drup,’ 88, of Lot 119 Su­rat Drive, Tri­umph. Ram­nauth’s life­less body was dis­cov­ered in the kitchen of his two-storey house some­time be­tween 3 pm and 5 pm yes­ter­day by a neigh­bour. Dhroowah Ram­nauth’s house, where he was found dead. His shop is lo­cated in the lower flat of the house. There was a wound to the right side of his head and a ‘masala brick,’ which is be­lieved to have been used to strike Ram­nauth, was found next to his body. The man’s hands were tied be­hind his back and his mouth was tied with a rag. Af­ter the dis­cov­ery, the po­lice were im­me­di­ately sum­moned. Up to press time yes­ter­day, in­ves­ti­ga­tors were able to es­tab­lish that both the up­per flat of the house and the shop were ran­sacked, but it was un­clear if any valu­ables were miss­ing. Dhroowah Ram­nauth

80 GRA of­fi­cials cited for fail­ure to de­clare as­sets

The In­tegrity Com­mis­sion is con­tin­u­ing to iden­tify pub­lic of­fi­cials who have failed to sub­mit dec­la­ra­tions of their as­sets and li­a­bil­i­ties as re­quired by law and its Chair­man Ku­mar Do­raisami yes­ter­day said many of those named so far have since com­plied with their obli­ga­tions. A list of 80 de­fault­ers com­pris­ing se­nior of­fi­cials of the Guyana Rev­enue Au­thor­ity (GRA) has been pub­lished in the Novem­ber 24th Of­fi­cial Gazette, which states that as of Novem­ber 19th, 2018, they had not sub­mit­ted their dec­la­ra­tions to the Com­mis­sion. The In­tegrity Com­mis­sion Act man­dates the sub­mis­sion of dec­la­ra­tions by var­i­ous cat­e­gories of pub­lic of­fi­cials on or be­fore June 30th each year. The law re­quires that the names of the de­fault­ers be pub­lished in the Of­fi­cial Gazette and a daily news­pa­per. Do­raisami, who ear­lier this month dis­closed that ap­prox­i­mately 300 dec­la­ra­tions were re­ceived af­ter 1,300 forms were sent out, yes­ter­day ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with the im­proved rate of sub­mis­sion of dec­la­ra­tions fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of the first list of de­fault­ers on Novem­ber 10th. He could not give an ex­act fig­ure but stressed that it was a “good amount.”

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