…candidates to write party, GECOM
CANDIDATES who contested the recent Local Government Elections (LGEs) in Lethem under the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), have found alleged discrepancies in the voters’ list in two of the five constituencies.
Former Mayor of Lethem, Carlton Beckles, who was also a candidate for APNU, said 306 of the over 600 registered voters in Constituency Three (Moco-Moco — Manari (Lethem) — Tabtinga Bridge to Third Street), were registered to vote under the same address.
In addition to that discovery, the APNU candidates also found that persons in Constituency One (Moco-Moco — Manari, Culvert City) were registered to vote under the same address as the 306 voters.
Beckles, in an invited comment, said there were other discoveries but, those will be included in a report which will be submitted to the leadership of APNU and possibly GECOM.
In Constituency Three, PPP/C’s John Macedo secured 193 votes while APNU’s Wendella Franklin won 129 votes; AFC’s Lilian Joseph-Cumberbatch got 38.
In Constituency One, APNU’s Youlanda Richmond- Moffett secured 117 votes; People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C)’s John Fredericks secured 83 votes and the Alliance For Change (AFC) candidate, Ryan Alcides received 40 votes.
Over in Constituency Four, APNU’s Olive Atkinson D’Aguiar won with 114 votes; PPP/C’s Megan Thomas got 83 and AFC’s Ahrens Landry secured 45 votes.
PPP/C’s Jason Wilson secured 79 votes while incumbent Mayor of Lethem, Kerry Jarvis got 57 votes in Constituency Five. In the Proportional Representation category, the PPP/C got three seats with 676 votes and APNU won two seats with 528 votes. In 2016, the APNU+AFC coalition, which contested the LGEs together, got 662 votes while the PPP/C secured 457 votes, giving the parties three and two seats respectively.
This year, there was a 51 per cent turnout of voters. According to results from GECOM, there were some 2,612 registered voters and of that number, 1,334 persons turned out to vote before the close of polls at 18:00hrs on Election Day.