The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has announced that it will commence the registration of eligible persons from next Monday across the country.
The national exercise will conclude at the end of May.
Persons who were registered during the 2019 House-to House registration process which was scrapped, must get registered all over again.
The Commission did not explain the reason behind its decision not to use the data from the House-to-House registration exercise.
“This registration exercise is of crucial importance to those persons who would have been first-time applicants, in the fourteen (14) years to eighteen (18) years age range, that were captured during the 2019 House-to-House Registration. All such persons are required to note that their application for registration has been canceled. Therefore, those persons are required to reapply for registration during this registration exercise,” GECOM said in its statement.
The Commission said when the exercise kicks off next week, any person who will be 14 years and older by the 31st October 2022, and is a Guyanese citizen by birth, descent, naturalization, or is a citizen from a Commonwealth country living in Guyana for one year or more, can apply for registration, providing that the person was never registered before.
During the exercise, the Commission will also facilitate existing registrants who are desirous of updating their records such as a request to correct or change their names, date of birth, occupation and update their addresses.
Persons desirous of conducting any registration must present their birth certificate and any form of identification.
They must also provide proof of having been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to gain entry to the GECOM Registration Offices.
In cases where applicants are not vaccinated, a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours will be accepted, GECOM said.