GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Tuesday July 23, 2019 – Attorney General Basil Williams has warned that the call by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo for citizens to boycott the ongoing house to house registration by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is a criminal offence and could have dire consequences.
“It is an offence to tell people not to register. You need to register, if you don’t register, you are guilty of an offence. And if someone incites you to not register, they are counselling and procuring you to commit an offence,” he said.
The coalition government is adamant that registration is necessary to have a clean voters list for credible elections.
But Jagdeo says his People’s Progressive Party (PPP) will not cooperate with the process and he called on citizens to refuse participation. His call was based on the argument that the process should not be carried out because it cannot be completed by September 18 by which regional and general elections should be held – three months after the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) validated the no-confidence motion passed against the government on December 21, 2018.
GECOM has reported some reluctance by citizens to participate in the registration in some areas across the country. Williams said there have also been reports that enumerators are being threatened, but he said police will be there to protect them.