The Guyana Elections Commission has announced that all systems are in place for the disciplined services voting for local government elections.
The Disciplined Forces will cast their Ballots tomorrow March 8, 2016.
In a statement, the Elections Commission said the Ballots were extracted, sorted and enveloped after arrival on March 1, 2016, in accordance to schedule, and the movement of these Ballots to the respective Balloting Stations began today.
“Ballot Stations for the Disciplined Services Ranks are located at their places of duty or deployment. These include 19 locations for the Guyana Defence Force, 5 locations for the Guyana Prison Service and 4 for the Guyana Police Force.”
According to GECOM, 4,693 police ranks are registered to vote while 357 Prison officers are registered and the Guyana Defence Force has 1,928 ranks registered to vote at the local government polls.
Ballot Stations will be opened from 6:00am to 6:00pm hours.
“Each Ballot Sheet for a member of the Disciplined Forces is placed into two envelopes. The outer envelope bears the elector’s name along with the District and Local Authority Area in which he/she is required to vote. The inner envelope bears the District, Local Authority Area and the Constituency in which he/she is required to vote.”
GECOM said the ballot boxes will be returned to GECOM after voting tomorrow, and kept in the secured custody of the Chief Election Officer under guard by Members of the Guyana Police Force.
The Ballots cast by members of the Disciplined Forces will be sorted by Local Authority and Constituency to be dispatched to the respective Returning Officers for intermixing on Election Day, which is, March 18, 2016.
The Polling Stations identified for the intermixing of the Disciplined Forces ballots will be gazetted.