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By Ganesh Mahipaul
(Shadow Minister of Local Government and Regional Development)
Guyana’s priority at this point in time should be to ensure credible elections are held in our country. The PPP sometime back recognised and called for a new voters list. The International Community and the APNUAFC have done the same. All of us have said the right thing and that is there is need for a clean voters list. The best way to achieve this is via house to house registration. It is dishonest and duplicitous to hear Second Vice President Jagdeo basically saying no to house to house registration which will guarantee our nation a clean voters list.
Elections 2020 was marred with anomalies, abnormalities and irregularities as documented in the observation reports following the recount of all ballot boxes and everyone that participated in the National Recount would agree with me that the bloated voters list is responsible for what I concluded was systemic fraud in elections 2020.
Yes Local Government Elections are long overdue but why must we compromise the integrity of the elections by having a bloated and faulty voters list? Guyanese deserve honesty, transparency and accountability with the democratic process in this democracy and with a clean voters list the real will of the people will be reflected in the LGE and GRE. Let us clean the voters list. Let us have house to house registration and head to the polls so that the real will of the people can be reflected in their representative and government.