GECOM moving ballot boxes to headquarters for national recount

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The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is in the process of moving ballot boxes from locations across Region Four to its head office in Kingston, Georgetown.

The News Room spoke with GECOM Commissioner Robeson Benn who is at the Kingston office overseeing the process. He noted that several containers have since been moved to the location but he is unsure how long the entire process will take.

Ballot boxes from other regions are already in Georgetown with the exception of Region Five which had started a recount in that district. The request for a recount from the APNU+AFC was later withdrawn and the process discontinued. Efforts are being made to return those boxes to Georgetown.

The containers are being escorted by ranks of the Guyana Police Force and followed by political party agents from the central locations where they were stored.

GECOM is gearing up for a national recount of the ballots cast at the March 2, 2020 polls. The Commission is expected to meet later today to decide on the way forward with the process.

The recount which followed a controversy over the tabulation of votes in Region Four, will be supervised by a CARICOM team. The team has since arrived in Guyana at the request of President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.

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