Results of Local Gov’t polls within a day – Chief Elections Officer

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The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Monday said it is well on its way to deliver an efficient Local Government Elections where results are to be made public within 24 hours of close of polls.

With LGE just 13 days away, GECOM’s Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield said the elections body is scheduled to meet key timelines with 10,700 individuals already trained to work as polling day staff.

Mr. Lowenfield said results will be declared in each of the local authority areas “as early as applicable.”

When pressed further at a Monday afternoon press conference, Lowenfield said he doesn’t foresee any cause for a delay in the declaration of results.

He said all results should be available to the public by November 13th, one day after Guyanese would have voted in local government polls on November 12th.

For the smaller local authority areas, Lowenfield said those results should be available by midnight, six hours after the close of polls.

Backed by his Public Relations Officer, Yolanda Ward and his Deputy Chief Elections Officer, Roxanne Myers, Lowenfield said the elections are expected to be held without chaos or confusion.

Ballots have already been procured from Canadian Bank Note and arrived in Guyana on October 22nd. The ballots, according to the CEO, are presently being kept safe by members of the Guyana Police Force.

Already, ballots to facilitate voting by the Disciplined Services have been extracted for voting on November 2nd.

“The preparations are well advanced… this morning we briefed stakeholders on all moves for discipline service balloting,” Lowenfield added.

He said GEOCM has brought closure to training for polling day staff across the country and those persons will be employed from November 2nd.

Myers used the opportunity to remind citizens that the period of application for proxy voters remains open and will also close on November 2nd.

Persons who have applied for new or replacement Identification Cards are asked to uplift those cards from their respective registration offices.

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