Health Officials who inspected the site of the national vote recount have given the clearance to the Guyana Elections Commission to go ahead with the use of ten workstations for the exercise in keeping with social distancing measures as part of the fight against the coronavirus.
Based on GECOM’s own proposal, the Health Officials have indicated that eight of the ten workstations could accommodate as many as 14 persons at any one time while the remaining two should accommodate ten persons each.
GECOM’s Public Relations Officer,Yolanda Ward told reporters this morning that the report from the Public Health Ministry basically agreed with GECOM’s proposal for the ten workstations and the spaces that they will occupy. She said the report also provide additional recommendations to the Commission about sanitization and protective guidelines that ought to be followed.
“They have actually provided 14 guidelines in terms of protocols that the Commission should implement in terms of sanitization, the frequency at which the staff and other persons present should santitize and the protocols with garbage disposals and so”, the PRO explained.
Questioned about whether the Commission will have staff members on standby in case persons complain of feeling unwell or need to take a break, Ms. Ward said GECOM has always had that consideration in place for its staff. She however, indicated, that for the political parties, they will have to put their own systems in place for their party agents.
It was also explained today that the Commission is still awaiting word from the CARICOM Secretariat on the high-level CARICOM team expected in Guyana to be part of the recount exercise.