2,000+ trained for polling day in Regions 1, 2, and 10

DPI, Guyana, Monday, September 9, 2019

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) concluded another round of training for polling day staff on Sunday, September 8, with some 2,030 persons receiving training in Regions 1, Barima-Waini, 2, Pomeroon-Supenaam and 10, Upper Demerara-Berbice.

GECOM’s PRO, Yolanda Ward.

Public Relations Officer (PRO), Yolanda Ward told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that the training sessions held on Saturday and Sunday, saw 382 persons from the Barima-Waini Region being trained. The turnout in Region 2 and 10 were 779 and 869 respectively.

Along with the three regions, the elections body has also conducted training in Georgetown, East Bank and East Coast and Region 5, Mahaica-Berbice.

The training of polling day staff remains critical as the country prepares for credible General and Regional Elections.

GECOM met last Friday where it examined and deliberated on a draft schedule of timelines discussed by Secretariat.

The meeting focused on the duration of each activity. The discussion will continue at another statutory meeting scheduled for tomorrow, September 10.

According to GECOM, the secretariat continues the encoding and verification process of the data garnered from the House-to-House exercise.

GECOM’s Chairman, (ret’d) Justice Claudette Singh said the data from the House-to-House Registration process is to be merged with existing National Register of Registrants Database to produce a credible Official List of Electors.

Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon recently noted there will be a cross-matching of the list produced from the exercise and the current list that exists. Harmon explained, at no time will the House-to-House data be put into one bundle with the current existing National Register of Registrants (NRR).

He further explained that the extended claims and objection period will be for persons whose names are not on the list or who have credible information that the name of other persons should be removed, for example, deceased relatives.

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