GECOM to move election materials to Local Authority Areas in new week

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The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) will begin moving election materials during the new week with nine days to Local Government Elections (LGE) on November 12.

Registration Officer of GECOM, Clairmont Mingo, said the Commission will begin moving ballot boxes and other materials, to the 80 Local Authority Areas (LAAs) in the coming week.

GECOM, in collaboration with the Guyana Press Association (GPA), facilitated an interactive voter education session with the media fraternity on Saturday.

“All these materials will be checked at the locations to ensure that they are correct, efficient and that they are also adequate,” he noted.

Mingo added that a comprehensive training programme for all categories of workers were conducted, including ongoing training of polling day staff. “All are expected to discharge these duties with the highest degree of impartiality, honesty, transparency and accuracy,” Mingo said.

Public Relations Officer of GECOM, Yolanda Ward, reiterated that the Commission will be declaring official results from the LGE one day after the November 12 poll closes.

Ward said preliminary results are expected to be announced three hours after the close of polls. She added that results will be disseminated live on television stations in LAAs as well as GECOM’s social media pages.

Ward said final results for smaller LAAs are anticipated by midnight, November 12 and the following day, November 13, for larger LAAs.

This year, 80 LAAs consisting of 595 constituencies will be contesting the LGE through a mixed electoral system of proportional representation and first past the post. (Department of Public Information)

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