14 new parties submit symbols to GECOM

19 symbols/ parties thus far

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Public Relations Officer of the Guyana Elections Commission, (GECOM), Yolanda Warde, says they have received 19 symbols from political parties hoping to contest the upcoming Regional and General Elections on March 2.

She revealed that 14 of the symbols were from new parties.

Warde was addressing media personnel on Tuesday at the Guyana Press Association’s  Lunch-Time Lecture Series which was facilitated by GECOM.

The event focused on how media workers could provide responsible and proficient coverage of elections with the discussion centered on Nomination Day, slated for Friday.

Warde went through the relevant sections of the laws governing elections, particularly those focusing on guidelines for Nomination Day and a brief look at the Representation of the Peoples Act.

She stressed that accurate information needed to be disseminated to the public around this time.

“And for you as media operatives who will be the source of channelling that information into the public domain it is important that you are equipped with the information so it will aide your reporting,” Warde stated.

Earlier, GPA President Nazima Raghubir encouraged her colleagues to take full advantage of the session by asking questions and raising matters of interest to them.

“Some of you are covering elections for the first time; this is an opportunity for you to ask all questions about the process, ask about anything you are not certain about, it is also an opportunity, if you haven’t done so, to familiarise yourself with the elections law and other literature on elections,” Raghubir advised.

The GPA has an in-depth elections training session scheduled for the end of January.

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