House-to-House Registration to continue until Aug. 31
– new data from House-to-House to be merged with old list
– almost 300,000 verified persons registers
– govt-appointed commissioners will respect GECOM Chair’s decision and are moving forward accordingly – Commissioner Alexander
DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, August 27, 2019
House-to-House Registration to continue until August 31 following its recent deadline change. Chair of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Justice Claudette Singh has announced the data from the ongoing process is to be merged with existing National Register of Registrants Database to produce a credible Official List of Electors (OLE).
Following today’s decision, Charles Corbin, one of the government-appointed GECOM Commissioners assured that the merger will guarantee a credible election process “because it means all of the persons who have been registered have actually been verified to exist.”
Additionally, Commissioner Corbin said that a timeline for the way forward will be made available after the commission meets again. “That matter has now been settled, the data will be used. How it will be used, the procedures to be followed and the time it will take to implement those procedures are yet to be determined,” he noted.
Meanwhile, Vincent Alexander, another of the government-appointed GECOM Commissioners, explained that the merger of the new and old data is essential to allow for a free and fair process. “What’s important is that the House-to-House information will not be discarded as was required by others and that information is integral to the process,” Commissioner Alexander cited.
He noted that the government commissioners will respect Justice Claudette Singh’s decision and are moving forward accordingly. “It’s not a matter of what I support, it’s a matter of what decision the commission has made,” he added.
The House-to-House Registration process has so far seen almost 300,000 verified registrants added to the list since its commencement on July 20.