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|The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairperson, Justice Claudette Singh today announced the possibility of holding Local Government Election by late November or early December. This election is due every three-year. It was last held in 2018 and is constitutionally overdue.
However, Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Aubrey Norton, had announced at a rally held on August 2 that the A Partnership For National Unity and Alliance For Change coalition will not be entering into any new election with the current Voters List. He has been calling for a clean Voters List. The existing List has been ridiculed by sections of the Guyanese population and all international observer missions to the 2020 General and Regional Elections. Without exception they have all urged a sanitisation of the List.
The Opposition, in a recent statement, drew attention that the Official List of Electors for the 2020 General and Regional Elections contained 660,998 names, which represented approximately 85 per cent of the entire population of Guyana. Pointing out the absurdity of the number, the Opposition said “no other country in the world has a voters list that is more than 80 per cent of the population. This is an absolute abomination!”
In a 2019 High Court ruling acting Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire ruled the then ongoing House to House registration exercise by the GECOM cannot be used to remove persons’ names from the National Register of Registrants outside of compliance with Article 159 of the Constitution of Guyana.