Saturday 5 December, 2020

Guyana Elections: No start date for recount

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) requires confirmation from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on a date of arrival for members of the Independent High-Level Team that will observe the recount of ballots cast in the March 2 Regional and General Elections.

Commissioner Vincent Alexander, who is the ruling A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) representative on the Commission’s board, revealed this to the media following today’s GECOM meeting.

The five-member team is expected to arrive on Thursday.

Alexander said he believes the recount process can start within two days of the team’s arrival.

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He noted GECOM’s Secretariat continues to prepare the Arthur Chung Convention Centre for the recount.

The Commissioner was questioned on whether GECOM can implement the recommended sanitization and social distancing protocols since their failure could prolong the recount and declaration process.

In response, he said: “I have no reason to believe that will be a problem. Because I think the commission will acquire what is necessary to do its work.”

“I believe that if GECOM does not have adequate supplies, they will bring it to our attention for action.”

Meanwhile, People Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Commissioner Sase Gunraj said the availability of masks and financial resources should not be an issue for GECOM since it has GYD$8 billion at its disposal.

GECOM will be allowed to work into the nightly curfew for one hour and Gunraj said he expects the recount to be concluded before the 25-day time frame.

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