‘I am here because my vote counts!’

EBD voter turnout tremendous

DPI, Guyana, Monday, March 2, 2020

Cathy Vyphuis, a youth who was determined to have her vote count carpooled with neighbours and friends in the Providence/Perseverance area to cast their ballots.

“[I voted] because my vote counts…come out and vote because your vote counts too,” Vyphuis urged her peers.

Voters of all ages, genders, and races turned up to the polls to vote for the political party of their choice along the East Bank corridor which stretches from Eccles to Moblissa on the Linden Soesdyke Highway.

As early as 3:30 am voters queued at their respective polling stations in anticipation of today’s General and Regional Elections. The Department of Public Information visited several stations where voters were eager to exercise their franchise.

Also voting on the East Bank was President David Granger, First Lady Sandra Granger and their daughter Afuwa Granger. They were first to cast their ballots this morning.

Lisa Ali who voted in Pearl on the East Bank and was standing in line since 4:30 am with her son who is a first-time voter.  “I feel so good voting after the President […] I vote solidly and I voted like a boss,” Ali noted.

Retired but ‘not out’, Yvonne Collins made her way to her polling station because she believes Guyana needs to continue its upward trajectory.

“I voted because it is my democratic right to do so and I made use of it. By 6:30 am I was finished voting,” Collins told DPi

Communities like Agricola, Providence, Supply, Relief and Houston have all seen long lines of voters braving the sun to exercise their civic duty.

First-time voter, 19-year-old Cordel Ali told DPI he was excited to cast his ballot and be part of Guyana’s future.  He is hoping for a good result.

Peter Dumas, a seventy-year-old who was brought by his neighbour said he just wants leaders to do the right things.

Today marks the 12th General and Regional Elections held in the country since Independence.