The Guyana Elections Commission today confirmed that it will commence House-to-House Registration as planned from tomorrow, 20th July 2019. The Commission has also indicated that while the house-to-house registration is underway, other preparations for elections will be taking place.
In a statement this afternoon, the Commission said the countrywide exercise is in keeping with a decision of the Commission that was taken on the 19th February 2019 and in accordance with Order No. 25 of 2019 dated 11th June 2019.
GECOM said Registration is a legal requirement according to the National Registration Act, Chapter 19:08 and therefore all eligible persons are mandated to register.
The Commission added that House-to-House registration is a new registration exercise and therefore all eligible persons must register even if they were previously registered.
While not indicating the duration of the process, GECOM said that “upon conclusion of this exercise, a new National Register of Registrants Database (NRRDB) which is reflective of the current Guyanese population will be created”.
According to the Commission, the Official List of Electors (OLE) will be extracted for the purpose of conducting General and Regional Elections.
It added that Guyanese citizens by birth, descent, naturalization or registration, 14 years and older by 31st October 2019 or a citizen of a
Commonwealth country living in Guyana for a period of no less than one year preceding the qualifying date are all eligible for registration.
Residents are urged to have the relevant documents required for registration ready and be on the lookout for GECOM’s Registration Officials in their area.
“These documents include an original Birth Certificate, a Valid Passport, Naturalisation Certificate, Certificate of Registration, Adoption Certificate and Deed Poll or Marriage Certificate (if applicable)”, the Commission said.
GECOM said that for the purpose of the house-to-house registration exercise, each eligible person will only be registered where he/she resides.
“Registration will not be done at GECOM Registration Offices”.