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General Election Results - 28 August 2006

On 2 May 2006, President Bharrat Jagdeo dissolved the National Assembly. Elections, originally scheduled for 4 August 2006, were subsequently held on 28 August 2006.

In the last elections in 2001, the ruling People's Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) won 34 seats in the 65-member National Assembly, while the main opposition People's National Congress Reform (PNCR) took 27. Violent incidents followed street protests by PNCR supporters amid widespread criticism of irregularities in the elections.

Ten parties contested the 2006 elections. The principal parties were the ruling PPP/C led by President Bharrat Jagdeo and the PNCR, led by Mr. Robert Corbin, which renamed itself PNCR-One Guyana (PNCR-1G).

In recent elections, voting in Guyana has largely taken place along ethnic lines. Support for the PPP/C is high among the Guyanese of Indian descent, who account for 50 per cent of the population, while PNCR-1G has strong backing among the 36 per cent of the population of African origin. A new party, the Alliance For Change (AFC), was formed in October 2005 by former members of the PPP/C. It urged voters not to vote along ethnic lines, under the slogan "Vote Change. Not Race".

The main issues in the 2006 elections were the economy, crime and drug trafficking. The PPP/C called on voters to approve its economic policies, which have reduced the country's foreign debt from the equivalent of 750 per cent of GDP to 12 per cent over the last 14 years. The PNCR-1G accused the PPP/C-led government of failing to fight drug trafficking.

The Government declared polling day a public holiday to further encourage citizens to vote. Fear of election-related violence caused many shops to remain closed on election day and the army was deployed to ensure security. Nevertheless, no incidents were reported on polling day.

Approximately half a million people were eligible to vote in the country of 730,000 inhabitants. Turnout was recorded at 68.82 per cent, the lowest in recent years.

Some 160 international observers monitored the polls. The Organization of American States (OAS), which sent 120 observers, said the elections went off without any particular irregularities. The OAS nevertheless noted a lack of information provided to voters in some polling stations. The Commonwealth Secretariat's long-term observer mission congratulated the people of Guyana for their "commitment to the democratic process".

The final results gave 36 seats to the ruling PPP/C, two more than in the 2001 elections. The PNCR-1G took 22, the AFC won five, while the remainder went to small parties. The PPP/C formed a government with the United Force (TUF), which had won one seat.

Voter turnout was 69.34%.

As the candidate of the winning party list, Mr. Bharrat Jagdeo was re-elected as President and was officially sworn in on 9 September 2006 for a second five-year term.

The newly-elected National Assembly held its first session on 28 September 2006 and re-elected Mr. Hari Narayen Ramkarran as its Speaker.

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ELECTORAL SYSTEM
Proportional Representation
65 elected seats
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 336,375
Invalid Votes 5,021
Total Votes Cast 341,426
Registered Voters 492,369
Voter Turnout 69.34%
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House Tue, 02 May 2006
Nomination Day Wed, 26 Jul 2006
Polling Day Mon, 28 Aug 2006
First Meeting of New Parliament Tue, 26 Sep 2006
PARTY 2006 MANIFESTOS
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ELECTION REPORTS
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SUMMARY RESULTS
  Political Group Code Votes % votes Seats
Contituency National Top-up Total
  Alliance for Change AFC 28,366 8.43% 1 4 5
  Guyana Action Party/Rise Organise And Rebuild GAP/ROAR 4,249 1.26% - 1 1
  Justice for All People JFAP 2,571 0.76% - - -
  People‚Äôs National Congress Reform - 1 Guyana PNCR-1G 114,608 34.07% 9 13 22
  People's Progressive Party/Civic Winner PPPC 183,887 54.67% 15 21 36
  The United Force TUF 2,694 0.80% - 1 1
  Total Valid Votes   336,375 100% 25 40 65
SEAT ALLOCATION BY REGION
Region AFC GAP/ROAR PNCR-1G PPP/C TUF Total
Region 1 - - 1 1 - 2
Region 2 - - - 2 - 2
Region 3 - - 1 2 - 3
Region 4 1 - 3 3 - 7
Region 5 - - 1 1 - 2
Region 6 - - 1 2 - 3
Region 7 - - 1 1 - 2
Region 8 - - - 1 - 1
Region 9 - - - 1 - 1
Region 10 - - 1 1 - 2
Total 1 - 9 15 - 25
Top-up 4 1 13 21 1 40
Total Seats 5 1 22 36 1 65
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NATIONAL TOP-UP SUMMARY
Region Registered Voters AFC GAP/ROAR JFAP PNCR-1G PPP/C TUF Valid Votes Invalid Votes Total Votes Voter Turnout
Region 1 12,273 1,006 217 29 1,041 4,473 233 6,999 384 7,383 60.16%
Region 2 28,669 1,722 291 61 3,662 14,543 135 20,414 265 20,679 72.13%
Region 3 69,459 2,805 186 679 10,890 34,671 78 49,309 705 50,014 72.01%
Region 4 217,168 13,876 335 1,582 68,112 62,386 339 146,630 1,719 148,349 68.31%
Region 5 34,071 877 - 64 8,770 15,904 61 25,676 359 26,035 76.41%
Region 6 80,434 3,091 222 53 11,632 42,248 154 57,400 862 58,262 72.43%
Region 7 10,686 918 845 43 1,846 2,420 133 6,205 131 6,336 59.29%
Region 8 4,788 426 481 - 540 877 433 2,757 93 2,850 59.52%
Region 9 9,910 479 1,589 29 903 3,176 1,054 7,230 217 7,447 75.15%
Region 10 24,911 3,166 83 31 7,212 3,189 74 13,755 316 14,071 56.49%
Total 492,369 28,366 4,249 2,571 114,608 183,887 2,694 336,375 5,051 341,426 69.34%
REGIONAL DEMOCRATIC COUNCIL RESULTS
Region Registered Voters AFC GAP/ROAR GNC JFAP LD NDF PNCR-1G PPP/C PRP TUF Valid Votes Invalid Votes Total Votes Voter Turnout
Region 1 12,273 931 198 - 33 - - 1,046 4,468 - 273 6,949 432 7,381 60.14%
Region 2 28,669 1,724 322 - 60 - - 3,650 14,415 - 146 20,317 362 20,679 72.13%
Region 3 69,459 2,710 183 - 957 - - 10,782 34,307 - 123 49,062 836 49,898 71.84%
Region 4 217,168 13,566 459 123 2,170 172 - 67,726 61,896 - 340 146,452 1,921 148,373 68.32%
Region 5 34,071 850 - 31 77 - - 8,710 15,769 105 57 25,599 435 26,034 76.41%
Region 6 80,434 3,033 230 - 44 - - 11,628 41,713 - 202 56,850 1,026 57,876 71.95%
Region 7 10,686 746 868 - 50 - - 1,958 2,449 27 143 6,241 179 6,420 60.08%
Region 8 4,788 407 480 - - - - 543 865 - 449 2,744 100 2,844 59.40%
Region 9 9,910 414 1,734 - 21 - - 871 3,073 - 1,090 7,203 242 7,445 75.13%
Region 10 24,911 3,016 114 - 24 - 25 7,369 3,201 - 92 13,841 366 14,207 57.03%
Total 492,369 27,397 4,588 154 3,436 172 25 114,283 182,156 132 2,915 335,258 5,899 341,157 69.29%
Sources
Guyana Elections Commission
2016 Party Key
A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC); People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C); Healing the Nation Theocracy Party (HTNTP); Independent Party (IP); National Independent Party (NIP); Organisation for the Victory of the People Party (OVPP); The United Force (TUF); United Republican Party (URP); Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM)
Party Codes          
A Good and Green Guyana AGGG Justice Party JP People’s National Congress/Reform PNC/R
Alliance for Change AFC Liberal Democratic LD People’s Progressive Party  PPP
Alliance for Guyana AFG Liberator Party LP People’s Republic Party PRP
Democratic Labour Movement DLM National Democratic Front NDF People's Progressive Party/Civic PPP/C
God Bless Guyana GBG National Front Alliance NFA Rise Organise And Rebuild ROAR
Guiana National Party GNP National Independent Party NIP The United Force TUF
Guyana Action Party/Rise Organise And Rebuild GAP/ROAR National Labour Front NLF Union of Guyanese International UGI
Guyana Action Party/Working People’s Alliance GAP/WPA National Republican Party NRP United Democratic Party UDP
Guyana Democratic Party GDP Peace, Equality and Prosperity Party PEPP United Republican Party URP
Guyana National Congress GNC People’s Democratic Movement PDM United Workers Party UWP
Guyana United Muslim Party GUMP People’s National Congress PNC Working People’s Alliance WPA
Independents IND People’s National Congress PNC/R
Justice for All People JFAP People’s National Congress Reform - 1 Guyana PNCR-IG
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