GECOM Chair satisfied with national recount venue
DPI, GUYANA, Wednesday, April 15, 2020
The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) today visited the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC), Liliendaal; the proposed venue for the national recount of votes cast in the March 2, 2020, General and Regional Elections.
Commission Chair Justice (ret’d) Claudette Singh was accompanied by the six commissioners and Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield, along with other members of the secretariat.
Justice Singh said she was satisfied with the visit. According to her, the commission will now have to “advise” itself to determine how many workstations it will have for the recount.
Commissioner Vincent Alexander reminded that the convention centre was previously visited and deemed fit when the CARICOM team was here a few weeks ago. He said, however, some conditions have changed, hence the need for a new visit.
Meanwhile, the commission continues its plans for the recount and had resumed its meeting at the High Street Kingston office following the site visit.
Commission members are expected to continue the discussion on the final draft of the operational plan, put forward by the CEO.
Part of that plan is determining the number of days it will take the commission to carry out the recount. Commissioner Alexander said today that neither the 156 days proposed by the CEO nor the 10 days put forward by the opposition commissioners have been decided on.
Alexander is hopeful that a final decision on the decision will be made at today’s meeting.