GECOM Chairman ends House-to-House registration

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The Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Justice (Rt’d) Claudette Singh has made a unilateral decision to end the ongoing House-to-House registration.

At a statutory meeting Tuesday, the GECOM Chairman announced her decision and will sign the order to end the process on Wednesday.

The House-to-House registration exercise will effectively come to an end on August 31.

GECOM Commissioners, following the meeting, told reporters that there was no vote taken and the Chairman announced her decision during the meeting.

GECOM, in a subsequent press release, announced that it will now embark on an extensive Claims and Objections exercise before preparing the Preliminary List of Electors.

GECOM said that the data garnered from the registration process will be merged with the existing National Register of Registrants database.

See full GECOM statement below: 

Data garnered from House-to-House Registration will be merged with existing National Register of Registrants Database

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has acknowledged that the no-confidence motion passed in the National Assembly on 21st December, 2018 triggered a number of legal challenges in the local Courts and concluded with a ruling by the Caribbean Court of Justice.

Cognizant of all that has transpired over the past months, GECOM has an obligation to produce a credible Official List of
Electors (OLE) in the first instance and ultimately credible elections within the shortest possible time.

After considerable deliberations at the Commission on the way forward regarding the conduct of General and Regional
Elections, Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission, Justice Claudette Singh, S.C., C.C.H at the Statutory Meeting
of the Commission held on 27th August, 2019 has instructed the following:

1. House to House Registration must be brought to an end. As such, Order 25 of 2019 published in the Official Gazette
should be amended for the exercise to conclude on 31st August, 2019 instead of 20th October, 2019.

2. Based on the ruling of the Chief Justice on 14th August, 2019 that House to House Registration is not unlawful and is
constitutional, the data garnered from that registration exercise must be merged with the existing National Register of Registrants Database (NRRDB).

3.In this regard, the Commission will move to ensure all arrangements for the publication of a credible Preliminary List of Electors (PLE) before commencement of an extensive Claims and Objections (C&O) exercise.

The Commission will continue to further deliberate on other matters of importance for the holding of General and Regional
Elections within the shortest possible time and Secretariat will continue to implement a number of operations activities, in particular training of polling day staff and procurement of non-sensitive materials.

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