All on Track for Free and Fair Polls in Guyana, Says Election Commissioner

GECOM Commissioner Vincent Alexander.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Wednesday February 26, 2020 – Preparations by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) for the March 2 general and regional elections are well underway and will lead to free and fair polls, says Government Commissioner Vincent Alexander.

“I think that we are still within our deadlines and there are no discernible difficulties in terms of holding elections in March. I am convinced that the preparations will lead to an efficient election. I think they are leading to free and fair polls,” he said yesterday.

He was speaking to the media as GECOM met to iron out some issues, including matters raised by the opposition about the reduction in the use of private residences as polling stations for the elections.

Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfiield had noted that the Commission had taken the decision because of recommendations by the Carter Centre following the 2015 elections, which suggested that the elections body utilize more public places instead of private residences.

The opposition has appealed the decision.

“It means that there will be a review of the places said to be congested and alternate arrangements will be made, including the possibility of [tents] to facilitate less congested conditions,” Alexander explained.

Last Friday, President David Granger said that the Government-appointed commissioners on the GECOM had no intention of disenfranchising anyone and that the selection of polling places rests solely with the elections commission.

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