Guyana Elections Body on Track for Country’s 2020 Polls

Chair of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), retired Justice Claudette Singh.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Friday December 20, 2019 – The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) says it is well on track for the hosting of general and regional elections next March.

Preparatory works for the upcoming poll have included continuous engagements with stakeholders and the utilisation of technical advisors.

Chair of the elections body, retired Justice Claudette Singh, has assured that everything is on schedule.

“We are moving.  Our work plan is on track despite what you might hear otherwise. We are on track for the conduct of elections on the 2nd of March 2020,” she told a press conference.

Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield said GECOM is in the preparation phase of the printing of the Revised List of Electors (RLE), which will get underway as soon as data from the new House to House verification process, and the recently concluded Claims and Objections exercises are received.

The commission gave the go-ahead for a five-day exercise to be conducted to ascertain the whereabouts of over 16,000 new registrants.

According to Lowenfield, during the life of that RLE, the commission will also move towards the conduct of nomination day activities.

He said GECOM is still to decide on the accreditation of local observers for the elections.

“I’ve been advised that all civil society groups who have an interest should indicate their willingness to be local observers and submit to us in writing before December 31 so that when the commission sits to deliberate, all interested parties will be in that submission,” he said.

With assistance from the United States Embassy in Guyana, GECOM will also be utilizing the services of the International Republican Institute, which will be providing technical support on voter education.

Three officials from Ghana, India and Canada will be providing technical support to the commission.

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