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Guyana Elections:19 parties signal interest in upcoming polls in March 2020

…  GECOM to hold major briefing session Thursday December 19, 2019

THE Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) will be meeting, on Thursday December 19, 2019, with some 19 political parties contesting the 2020 General and Regional Elections, to bring them up-to-speed with their requirements for the elections.

The briefing session will be held at the Arthur Chung Convention Center and should see the attendance of representatives of the parties which have signed up to compete for votes next year.

GECOM’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Yolanda Ward, on Monday, gave a list of the 19 parties which have submitted their symbols for approval, 14 of which are new parties.        Continue reading

Guyana Elections: Nominations Day is January 10, 2020

Guyana Elections: House-to-House data to be published from October 24, 2019 – Commissioner

The encoding of the House-to-House data has been completed, and the process of its publication by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) for public scrutiny will begin on October 24, 2014.

Commissioner Charles Corbin

This was revealed to reporters by Commissioner Charles Corbin shortly after a statutory meeting of the Commission yesterday, at its Kingston Headquarters.

Kaieteur News understands that that data will be published in the respective areas in which those persons were registered, over the course of a few days.      Continue reading

GECOM discusses removing 20,000 names from national register

— GECOM also ticking off names of previously registered persons

Posted by:  Demerara Waves -October 15, 2019

The seven-member Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is discussing the possibility of removing the names of at least 20,000 persons from the National Register of Registrants (NRR) because they have not uplifted their national identification (ID) cards over the years, and also ticking off the names of thousands of others who were previously registered as part of a heightened vigilance.

However, the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) says if the commission by a majority vote decides to go ahead with doing so, the matter is likely to go to court.          Continue reading

Guyana Elections: Voters’ info from preliminary list can be viewed online

March 2020 is earliest possible time for elections – GECOM Commissioners

According to GECOM, the merger of that data with the National Register of Registrants (NRR) would be followed by an extensive period of claims and objections, but the timeframe for that is unclear.

Otherwise, GECOM discussed the production of new identification (ID) cards, which are very different in configuration, material and design, from the cards currently in circulation.        Continue reading

Guyana Politics: GECOM’s Final Count for H2H Registration is 370,740

…GECOM to discuss results from fact-finding mission in Jamaican on merger

TODAY, the high-level team that journeyed to Jamaica on a fact-finding mission to assess the available options of cross-matching the data gathered from the just concluded House-to-House Registration with the National Register of Registrants Database, will deliver a presentation to Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on its findings.

On Monday, the Elections Commission’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) Yolanda Warde told the Guyana Chronicle that 370,740 Guyanese registered during the House-to-House Registration exercise which came to a close on Saturday, August 31, 2019 in keeping with a unilateral decision taken by the Chairman of GECOM, Justice (Ret’d) Claudette Singh, to shorten the period initially allotted for the exercise.            Continue reading

Guyana Politics: PPP wary of House-to-House/NRR merger

• believes process will take months
• highlights non-scrutiny of registration exercise
• says integrity could be questioned

Bharrat Jagdeo

The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is worried that the merger announced by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) of the data acquired from House-to-House Registration and the National Register of Registrants (NRR) could call the integrity of the future Preliminary List of Electors (OLE) into question.

After considerable deliberations at the Commission on the way forward regarding the conduct of General and Regional Elections, Chairman of GECOM Justice Claudette Singh has instructed that House-to-House Registration must be brought to an end by Saturday, August 31, 2019.

That the data garnered from that registration exercise must be merged with the existing National Register of Registrants Database (NRRDB) and that the Commission will move to an extensive Claims and Objections Exercise (C&O) before extracting the Preliminary List of Electors (PLE).
During a press conference yesterday, Leader of the Opposition and General Secretary of the PPP, Bharrat Jagdeo, elaborated on why the party is in disagreement with the merger.

He said the initial contention is that the process will cause an unnecessary delay in the holding of General and Regional Elections. Jagdeo stated that of the 280,000-plus persons who have already been registered, most of them are likely persons who are already on the NRR. So most of them when entered, he added, will be duplications. He opined that it would waste a lot of time, because to enter all of these names into the database would take months.

The party’s second contention is that the House-to-House exercise was not scrutinised. The Opposition Leader has, since the process started in July, made known his concern that as the process requires its stakeholders to send scrutineers, the lack thereof leaves room for unsavoury interventions that could undermine the integrity of the upcoming General and Regional Elections.
Jagdeo had said that, because the PPP did not support the exercise, it would not send scrutineers to participate.

He worries now that the exercise could have registered “fake people” and migrants who have not yet been residents of Guyana long enough to earn the right to vote. He also contended that thousands of persons would be disenfranchised if their names are removed from the list.

The General Secretary said that this could specifically disenfranchise persons in certain hinterland communities, which are strongholds of the PPP. This contention, however, flies in the face of another statement by the Opposition Leader during the same press conference, that the Chief Justice’s ruling on Attorney-at-Law Christopher Ram’s legal challenge to House-to-House registration meant that worries about deregistration are a thing of the past.

Asked whether the PPP would make a concerted effort to challenge the merger, Jagdeo said it wouldn’t.
He said he is hopeful that the right decision will be made soon.

Guyana Politics: House-to-house registration to end on August 31, 2019

BREAKING: House-to-house registration to end on August 31, 2019

Posted by: Denis Chabrol in Demerara Waves – August 27, 2019

The Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Retired Justice Claudette Singh has ordered that the now more-than-one-month-old house-to-house registration will come to an end on Saturday, August 31 and the data would be merged.

“Cognizant of all that has transpired over the past months, GECOM has an obligation to produce a credible Official List of Electors (OLE) in the first instance and ultimately credible elections within the shortest possible time,” Justice Singh stated.
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Guyana Elections: GECOM commences training for polling day staff

– over 2,200 undergoing training in Georgetown 
– a total of 11,500 to be trained ahead of elections

IN preparation of the imminent General and Regional Elections, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), on Saturday August 17, 2019, commenced the process of training polling day staff. This includes the training of presiding officers, assistant presiding officers, ballot clerks, poll clerks and information clerks among others.

The training exercise was rolled out in 20 locations across Georgetown, and over the next six to eight weeks will be conducted in other communities across Guyana.  Continue reading

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