The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has completed the finalization of the Revised List of Electors (RLE) for the General and Regional Elections – 2011. Consequently, the posting of the RLE at two conspicuous locations within each electoral Division/Sub-Division across Guyana for public scrutiny is underway. Electronic copies of the RLE have been prepared for distribution to the Political Parties. The RLE will be available for public scrutiny up to September 30, 2011. Accordingly, all concerned are given the opportunity to check the RLE for the inclusion of, especially, the names of newly registered persons and to verify the accuracy of information pertaining to registration transactions.
Accreditation of Local Observers
GECOM met with Representatives of the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) on Wednesday, September, 7, 2011 to discuss the Union’s expressed interest to be accredited as a Local Observer Group for the upcoming General and Regional Elections. Accordingly, the onus is on the GPSU to submit the names of the members of the “Council of Management” of its proposed observer team for accreditation in the first instance. Thereafter, the Union will be required to submit, for accreditation, the names of persons who would actually observe the elections.
The GPSU would be required to follow GECOM’s protocol as documented for Local Observers, a deviation from which could result in the accreditation being suspended or withdrawn. A documented copy of the Protocol was given to the GPSU Team, which was headed by Mr. Mortimer Livan, 1st Vice President of the Union.
Training of Polling Day Staff
GECOM is moving ahead with its nationwide series of two-day Training Sessions targeting personnel who will be employed to work throughout Guyana on Polling Day at the upcoming Elections. The second leg in the series was conducted simultaneously on Saturday, September 10-11, 2011 at 12 locations in Georgetown. The first leg of this exercise which targeted East Coast Demerara and East Bank Demerara was conducted on September 3-4, 2011.
Distribution of National ID Cards
The distribution of National Identification Cards by GECOM from all of its permanent Registration Offices across Guyana is ongoing and will continue up to two days before Election Day. This includes the distribution of ID cards produced from both phases of the recent Claims and Objections exercise for the upcoming elections. All registrants who have not as yet uplifted their ID Cards are hereby reminded to make every effort to collect their National ID cards as soon as possible.