April 17 is Nomination Day for Local Gov’t Elections


The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Thursday said April 17 has been appointed Nomination Day for the upcoming Local Government Elections.

GECOM made the announcement in a notice published in the local newspapers on Thursday and signed by Chief Elections Officer, Vishnu Persaud.

It also noted that all political parties, voluntary groups and individuals desirous of contesting the upcoming elections must submit a symbol for GECOM’s approval no later than 21 days before Nomination Day.

That means the required symbols must be submitted no later than March 24 to the GECOM’s Chairman.  This is in keeping with Section 48(1) of the Local Authorities (Elections) Act.

Stakeholders in outlying areas, GECOM said, can submit their symbols to the GECOM registration office in their area.

In February, Local Government Minister Nigel Dharamall appointed June 12, 2023, as the date for Local Government Elections.

Over the past months, GECOM has been under scrutiny for its delay in holding the constitutionally due election.

Dharamlall had announced on October 20 last year that the LGE would be held on March 13, 2023. However, the date was postponed by GECOM since they had to reopen the claims and objections process.

A dispute had also erupted over the demarcation of constituencies and the voters’ list.

LGE was last held in 2018.

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