2015 Guyanese general election

Early general elections were held in Guyana on 11 May 2015, alongside regional elections as a result of President Donald Ramotar proroguing the National Assembly.[1] The result was a victory for the APNUAlliance for Change alliance, which won 33 of the 65 seats in the National Assembly. Following the elections, APNU leader David A. Granger was sworn in as president on 16 May 2015.[2]

2015 Guyanese general election

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All 65 seats in the National Assembly
33 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  David Arthur Granger (21605566518) (cropped).jpg Donald Ramotar.png
Candidate David A. Granger Donald Ramotar[a]
Party PNC PPP
Alliance APNUAFC None
Last election 51.14%, 33 seats[b] 48.60%, 32 seats
Seats won
33 / 65
32 / 65
Seat change Steady Steady
Popular vote 207,201 202,656
Percentage 50.30% 49.19%

President before election

Donald Ramotar
PPP

Elected President

David A. Granger
PNC

BackgroundEdit

Early elections were called as a result of a stand-off between President Donald Ramotar and the National Assembly;[3] after the President had defied spending cuts imposed by the National Assembly, the legislature called for a motion of no confidence. Ramotar subsequently suspended the National Assembly in November 2014 and dissolved it three months later.[4] Ramotar announced the election date on 20 January 2015.[1]

Electoral systemEdit

The 65 elected members of the National Assembly were elected using closed list proportional representation from a single nationwide 40-seat constituency and 10 sub-national constituencies with a total of 25 seats. Seats are allocated using the Hare quota.[5]

The President was elected by a first-past-the-post double simultaneous vote system, whereby each list nominated a presidential candidate and the presidential election itself was won by the candidate of the list having a plurality.[6]

ResultsEdit

National AssemblyEdit

PartyVotes%Seats
ConstituencyTop-upTotal+/–
APNUAlliance for Change207,20050.291320330
People's Progressive Party202,69449.201220320
The United Force1,0800.260000
United Republican Party4320.10000New
Independent Party3440.08000New
National Independent Party2620.06000New
Total412,012100.002540650
Valid votes412,01299.03
Invalid/blank votes4,0430.97
Total votes416,055100.00
Registered voters/turnout585,72771.03
Source: GECOM, The Official Gazette

By regionEdit

Region APNU-AFC PPP TUF URP IP NIP Hare
quota
Total
votes
Total
seats
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Votes % Votes % Votes %
Barima-Waini 2,788 30.51 1 6,278 68.69 1 59 0.65 14 0.15 0 0.00 0 0.00 4,570 9,139 2
Pomeroon-Supenaam 7,306 31.15 1 16,045 68.42 1 49 0.21 27 0.12 7 0.03 17 0.07 11,726 23,451 2
Essequibo Islands-West Demerara 20,912 33.93 1 40,480 65.68 2 102 0.17 56 0.09 47 0.08 32 0.05 20,543 61,629 3
Demerara-Mahaica 113,856 61.61 4 70,241 38.01 3 256 0.14 130 0.07 203 0.11 120 0.06 26,395 184,806 7
Mahaica-Berbice 13,416 44.44 1 16,644 55.14 1 49 0.16 36 0.12 15 0.05 27 0.09 15,094 30,187 2
East Berbice-Corentyne 22,103 35.65 1 39,610 63.90 2 125 0.20 73 0.12 34 0.05 47 0.08 20,664 61,992 3
Cuyuni-Mazaruni 4,599 59.09 1 2,981 38.30 1 171 2.20 13 0.17 0 0.00 19 0.24 3,892 7,783 2
Potaro-Siparuni 1,837 49.16 1 1,836 49.13 0 48 1.28 16 0.43 0 0.00 0 0.00 3,737 3,737 1
Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo 3,592 37.63 0 5,794 60.70 1 131 1.37 29 0.30 0 0.00 0 0.00 9,546 9,546 1
Upper Demerara-Berbice 16,791 85.05 2 2,785 14.11 0 90 0.46 38 0.19 38 0.19 0 0.00 9,871 19,742 2
National assembly top up 207,201 50.29 20 202,656 49.20 20 1,099 0.26 418 0.10 342 0.08 254 0.06 6,338 411,970 40
Source: GECOM Official Gazette

Regional assembliesEdit

Region APNUAFC PPP TUF URP HTNTP OVP Total
votes
Votes % Votes % Votes % Votes % Votes % Votes %
Barima-Waini 2,730 29.93 6,295 69.02 96 1.05 9,121
Pomeroon-Supenaam 7,231 30.91 16,040 68.56 52 0.22 72 0.31 - 23,395
Essequibo Islands-West Demerara 20,824 33.83 40,465 65.74 118 0.19 149 0.24 61,556
Demerara-Mahaica 112,366 61.08 70,095 38.05 383 0.02 508 0.28 417 0.23 292 0.16 183,954
Mahaica-Berbice 13,352 44.34 16,622 55.20 58 0.19 79 0.26 30,111
East Berbice-Corentyne 21,953 35.52 39,523 63.94 135 0.22 203 0.33 61,813
Cuyuni-Mazaruni 4,533 58.55 2,973 38.40 178 2.30 59 0.75 7,742
Potaro-Siparuni 1,791 48.21 1,837 49.45 48 1.27 39 1.08 3,715
Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo 3,553 37.31 5,764 60.53 140 1.47 66 0.69 9,523
Upper Demerara-Berbice 16,671 84.85 2,763 14.06 108 0.55 106 0.54 19,648
Total 205,004 49.93 202,377 49.26 1,316 0.32 1,281 0.31 418 0.10 294 0.07 410,578
Source: GECOM

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Bharrat Jagdeo was the leader of the PPP at the time of the elections, but Ramotar was chosen as the party's presidential candidate as Jagdeo was ineleigible to serve a third term as President of Guyana
  2. ^ Combined result of the APNU and AFC, which ran separately

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Ramotar sets May 11 for elections". Stabroek News. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  2. ^ Neil Marks, Guyana swears in new president after multiracial bloc wins vote Reuters, 16 May 2015
  3. ^ Guyana waits for election results Miami Herald, 11 May 2015
  4. ^ Guyana votes in general election BBC News, 12 May 2015
  5. ^ Electoral system IPU
  6. ^ Guyana : Constitution and politics

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