$3.4BILLION approval for GECOM shows govt’s commitment – Min. Jordan

─ approval “is not in anticipation of anything that the CCJ may or may not say, or decide on” – finance minister clarifies

─ House-to-House Registration in June

By Paul Mc Adam

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, May 23, 2019

The National Assembly, this afternoon, voted to approve $3.4Billion for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). The supplementary provision was laid by Finance Minister Winston Jordan who said:

“This provision, I want to say today, is not in anticipation of anything that the CCJ may or may not say or decide on.”

The main funds approved are: Fuel and Lubricants – $35.4M; Rental of Buildings – $82M; Transport, Travel and Postage – $409.5M; Utility charges – $31.9M; Other Good Services $616.9M; Other Operating Expenses – $1.5Billion; Education Subventions and Training – $113.4Million.

Minister Jordan told the House that the provision of funding to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) was in keeping with a commitment made by President David Granger to the elections’ management body.

He also noted GECOM’s move to conduct House-to-House Registration as of June 2019, as he reminded that elections are constitutionally due in 2020.

The House then voted for $3.4Billion for GECOM for current expenditures and $182.3M for capital expenditures.

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