With the possibility of early elections, the Government took legislation to the National Assembly to ensure that the Guyana Elections Commission is fully funded for the hosting of elections.
Finance Minister Winston Jordan presented a Supplementary Budget Bill to the National Assembly this afternoon, seeking total funding of just over $7.9 Billion.
Of that amount, $3.4 Billion has been listed as funding for the Guyana Elections Commission for preparations for and the hosting of elections.
The budget will cover rental of buildings for the Commission, fuel and lubricants, travel and postage, utility and other charges.
Following a meeting with President David Granger two months back, the Chairman of the Elections Commission had written to the President requesting the funding for the hosting of elections.
In that same letter, GECOM indicated that the earliest timeline that it could host elections would be late in November. So far, the Commission has not budged from that timeline, even as the Caribbean Court of Justice is examining the appeals of the no-confidence motion.
The local Appeal Court had thrown out the passage of the motion.
The Elections Commission is currently getting ready to begin the house-to-house registration process and has launched a public relations drive to ready citizens for the registration period.