Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo Monday afternoon claimed that the chair of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM, Justice (rtd) Claudette Singh, has revoked the September 26th 2019 order which required persons on the Preliminary List of Electors to present themselves along with their ID cards for verification at GECOM offices countrywide in order for them to be listed on the Official List of Electors.
“This came as a result of our diligence and strenuous efforts to have it corrected. The party will continue to keep a close watch on the operations of GECOM,” Jagdeo said on his Facebook page.
Opposition PPP Commissioner Sase Gunraj said he had received the new order and it does not contain the requirement.
GECOM is set to begin a 49-day Claims and Objections period on October 1. A total of 646, 625 persons have been entered on the Preliminary List of Electors.
The Claims and Objections period is used to allow persons not yet registered to do so and for persons already on the list to make any changes to their information, such as if they have changed their name or address. In addition, Claims and Objections allows for the names of dead persons to be removed.
GECOM in a statement had said that “every person whose name appear on the Preliminary List of Electors (PLE) must visit the Registration office in their respective area with their National Identification Card to verify their registration record in order to be included in the Official List of Electors (OLE).”
While Jagdeo and Gunraj have announced that the requirement for every person to visit the GECOM offices to verify their information, GECOM has not made an official announcement.