President David Granger has issued the proclamations for the regional and general elections to be held on the 2nd March 2020.
The proclamations serve as the official notification of the date of the elections.
In a midnight statement, the Ministry of the President announced that the President, by the power vested in him by Article 61 of the Constitution of Guyana, to by proclamation, appoint the day for an election under Article 60 (2) appoints 2nd March 2020 as the day on which an election of members of the National Assembly shall be held.
Similarly, President Granger has proclaimed 2nd March, 2020, the same day as appointed under Article 61 of the Constitution for the holding of elections of members of the National Assembly, as the day on which elections of members of the Regional Democratic Councils shall be held.
President Granger on 25th September 2019, in his address to the nation, had announced that after discussions with the Chairman of the Elections Commission and with his Cabinet, the earliest possible date for the holding of General and Regional Elections will be on Monday, 2nd March 2020.
The President’s statement followed Chairman of the Elections Commission Justice Claudette Singh’s missive to him on 19th September 2019, indicating that “the Guyana Elections Commission will be able to deliver credible elections by the end of February 2020”.
The Head of State met Justice Singh on 25th September, and discussed the statutory timelines for the upcoming General and Regional Elections. He later confirmed that elections will take place on the 2nd March 2020.
The proclamation has been announced on the same day that the Guyana Elections Commission will begin the claims and objections period for the elections.
The National Assembly is now expected to be dissolved soon. It is currently in recess.