Setting the record straight

Dear Mr. Editor,
I REFER to a letter published in the Stabroek News on the November 24, 2022, authored by a Mr. Andre Brandli, Professor at Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich.

The letter, in so far as it is relevant to me, invites me to “comment in public how the very voter turnout numbers of the 2020 General and Regional Elections ranging between 91.3 and 98.8 per cent are to be explained best [sic].”

It must strike your readers as a little more than strange that this professor would conjure up his own numbers, evoke a conclusion and then invites me to offer an explanation for his brew! Unfortunately, unlike the goodly professor, I have neither the time nor inclination to embark on such conjecture and surmise.

I prefer to be guided by the statistics provided by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) in respect of the rate of voter turnout at elections, as this is the constitutionally authorised repository of such data. I set out hereunder the said information as generated by GECOM in respect of the last four Regional and General Elections in Guyana.

Year of Election
List of Electors Total Votes Cast Voter Turnout (%) 2006 492,369 341,157 69.3 2011 475,496 346,717 72.9 2015 570,787 415,788 72.8 2020 660,998 468,184 70.8
I hope I have assisted in settling the public record on this issue.

Yours faithfully,
Mohabir Anil Nandlall, SC MP
Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs


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