The Guyana Elections Commission is urging citizens to walk with their national identification cards when they head to the polling stations to cast their ballots in the Local Government Elections which will take place this coming Friday.
In a notice in today’s newspapers, the Elections Commission said “it has come to the attention of the Guyana Elections Commission that on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, during the voting process for the disciplined services, too many voters turned up to cast their ballot without their id cards”.
The persons were allowed to vote since the documents in the possession of the polling staff and agents would have the list with the electors and that list would also include their photographs. The electors would have had to take an oath before casting their ballot.
Although the Laws of Guyana, allows for the casting of a ballot without the use of a National ID card, the move is not encouraged.
GECOM said it is important that voters have their national ID cards when they enter polling stations.
Just last week, the PPP complained that over 300 members of the disciplined forces turned up to vote without their national identification cards. The party said the practice should not be encouraged since it causes delays in the process.