by Joel Julien in Guyana
The Returning Officer for District Four, Guyana, Clairmont Mingo has named the ruling party, A Partnership For National Unity and Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) the winners of the Regional and General Elections for the area.
APNU+AFC secured 136,057 of 217,425 valid votes cast in the general election in District Four and 130,289 of 207,436 valid votes cast in the regional election in District Four.
The only party representative to sign off on the votes was the APNU+AFC representative.
Parties have until noon to request a recount.
The results came hours after the Organization of American States (OAS) on Friday withdrew its observer mission from Guyana’s disputed presidential election, citing concerns over the fairness and transparency of vote counting.
Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Britain and Canada also walked out of the elections headquarters Friday in Georgetown, Guyana’s capital, where the count was being held.
The March 2 election has been marred by accusations of fraud in favour of President David Granger, who is running against Irfaan Ali of the opposition People’s Progressive Party to lead the former British colony.