The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) today confirmed that the Claims and Objections (C&O) exercise for the elections will begin on the 1st October and it will run until the 18th November.
In a statement, the Commission said persons will have until the 11th November, 2019 to make a claim to be included on the list if they are a Guyanese citizen by birth, descent, naturalisation or registration, 18 years or older or will attain the age of eighteen by 31st December, 2019.
They can also make a claim to be included if they are a citizen of a Commonwealth country living in Guyana for a period of no less than one year preceding 31st December, 2019.
The Commission has also explained that during the claims and objections period, every person whose name appear on the Preliminary List of Electors (PLE) must visit the Registration office in their respective area with their National Identification Card to verify their registration record in order to be included in the Official List of Electors (OLE).
The Commission also urges persons who require changes / corrections to their particulars and transfers in relation to their addresses to do so when verifying their registration.
GECOM said objections against the inclusion of names on the PLE can be tendered to the Registration Officer of the Registration Area from 1st October, 2019 to 18th November, 2019.
The Commission intends to set up temporary offices and mobiles countrywide to aid the efficient conduct of the exercise and will publish the full list of those offices to ensure applicants/registrants can access the office within close proximity to them to have their transaction done.
The People’s Progressive Party has already raised some concern about some of the statements contained in the Commission’s release today.
PPP nominated Commissioners Robeson Benn and Sase Gunraj have accused the Commission secretariat of putting forward decisions that were not agreed to by the Commissioners.