PPP Commissioners open to supporting Carter Centre’s proposal to sanitise voters list


Opposition nominated Commissioners of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) have expressed support for a suggestion made by the Carter Centre to sanitise the voters list instead of conducting a house-to-house Registration.

If the proposal is accepted, that means Guyanese can go to the polls earlier than November –a timeframe suggested by Chairman of GECOM, Justice (Ret’d) James Patterson in a letter to President David Granger on Tuesday.

However, the Carter Centre’s proposal will enable the holding of elections in a much shorter timeframe than previously announced by the Chairman.

The Carter Centre team met with GECOM on Wednesday where several proposals were presented.

PPP nominated Commissioner, Sase Gunraj told the News Room that several of the proposals accord with suggestions made by the PPP over the past months.

“It is my hope that meaningful consideration can be given to these proposals so they can be executed and GECOM can fulfill its mandate to hold elections, albeit outside of the constitutionally prescribed period,” Gunraj told News Room.

Elections were constitutionally due before today (Thursday, March 21, 2019) following the passage of a No-Confidence Motion against the Government on December 21, 2018.

The Carter Centre team, led by Jason Carter, Chair of the Board of Trustees and grandson of Former US President, Jimmy Carter met with several political parties and other bodies over the past week as the country prepares for elections this year.

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