GECOM is coming to a home near you
– registration ongoing on the East Bank of Demerara
DPI, Guyana, Sunday, July 21, 2019
As the National House-to-House Registration process continues, scores of persons living on the East Bank of Demerara, today were registered. These persons will have their names added to the Official List of Voters (OLV) and become eligible to vote at the next General and Regional Elections.
Field staff attached to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) were present at several lower East Bank villages including Republic Park, Peter’s Hall, Bagotstown, as well as several sections of Eccles and Herstelling New Housing Scheme.
The exercise will continue tomorrow at other areas along the East Bank corridor and within the coming weeks is expected to cover all areas in Eccles, Bagotstown, Peter’s Hall, Nandy Park, Republic Park, Providence, Herstelling New Housing Scheme and Herstelling, Mocha/Arcadia, Farm, Covent Garden, Prospect, Little Diamond and Diamond Housing Scheme.
The registration process is an ongoing daily exercise that will be targeting residents in communities in all the administrative regions. It is being facilitated by GECOM volunteers and staff countrywide. Several persons who got registered today have already reported the process as simple, brief and efficient.
On July 19, GECOM announced that House-to-House Registration will begin the following day (July 20) in accordance with Order No. 25 dated June 11, 2019. The constitutional agency noted the eligibility criteria include: Guyanese citizens by birth, descent, naturalisation or registration, and who will be 14 years and older by October this year, or a citizen of a Commonwealth country living in Guyana for no less than one year preceding the qualifying date.
The registration process is being conducted at the residence of persons fitting these categories. Persons are advised that registration will not be conducted at GECOM Registration Offices.
Following the expiration of the Voters’ List on April 30, it is the view of the Coalition Government that House-to-House Registration is a necessity for free and fair elections. This is an effort to ensure Guyanese are not disfranchised and prevented from exercising their democratic right to cast their ballots in the upcoming General and Regional Elections.