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