The two main political parties here yesterday appealed for calm, following a night of unrest in the Sophia community in South Georgetown as Guyana awaits the official results of Monday’s general election. Both the ruling People’s Progressive Party /Civic (PPP/C) and the opposition coalition—A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance for Change AFC —issued calls to their supporters to refrain from any act of violence. Their calls follow a statement by the chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Dr Steve Surujbally, that the Guyana Police Force (GPF) had been experiencing difficulties transporting statements of polls (SOP) and ballot boxes from some of the 2,999 polling stations.
“There’s an environment that is not conducive to the safe movement of the ballot boxes at this point in time.
“We are ourselves engaging in matters that should ease the situation, but at this point in time, the ballot boxes and the statements of polls are not moving the way we thought that they would move,” he added.
Surujbally had also appealed to the political leaders to help ease the tension in the country by urging their supporters to ensure “peace and tranquillity” in the country.