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1968 Guyanese general election

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53 seats in the National Assembly
27 seats needed for a majority
Registered369,088
Turnout314,246 (85.15%)
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Forbes Burnham Cheddi Jagan Peter D'Aguiar
Party PNC PPP TUF
Leader since 13 February 1955 1 January 1950 5 October 1960
Seats won
30 / 53
19 / 53
4 / 53
Seat change 8 5 3
Popular vote 174,339 113,991 23,162
Percentage 55.81% 36.49% 7.41%

Prime Minister before election

Forbes Burnham
PNC

Elected Prime Minister

Forbes Burnham
PNC

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General elections were held in Guyana on 16 December 1968.[1] The result was a victory for the People's National Congress, which won 30 of the 53 seats, although the PNC's victory was the result of fraud as the government had direct control of the elections.[2] Voter turnout was 85.1%.[1]

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Election fraud

The electoral fraud of Forbes Burnham was the subject of two documentaries produced by Granada Television, The Trail of the Vanishing Voters which aired on 9 December 1968,[3] and The Making of a Prime Minister which appeared in January 1969.[4][5] The documentaries featured the main opposition figures, Cheddi Jagan and Peter D'Aguiar.

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Results

Party Votes % Seats +/–
People's National Congress 174,339 55.8 30 +8
People's Progressive Party 113,991 36.5 19 –5
United Force 23,162 7.4 4 –3
Guiana United Muslim Party 899 0.3 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 1,855
Total 314,246 100 53 0
Registered voters/turnout 369,088 85.1
Source: Nohlen

References

  1. ^ a b Nohlen, D (2005) Elections in the Americas: A data handbook, Volume I, p363 ISBN 978-0-19-928357-6
  2. ^ Nohlen, p355-359
  3. ^ Granada Television (9 December 1968). "The Trail of the Vanishing Voters".
  4. ^ Granada Television (January 1969). "The Making of a Prime Minister".
  5. ^ Rabe, Stephen G. (2005). U.S. Intervention in British Guiana: A Cold War Story. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. p. 158. ISBN 0-8078-5639-8.
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