Expressing disappointment with some of the decisions coming out of the Guyana Elections Commission and the indecision of the Chairman on several issues, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo today issued a call on Guyanese to ensure they are registered during the ongoing claims and objections period.
Mr. Jagdeo, who during the house to house registration had called on his supporters to boycott the process, told a media briefing today that those who are unregistered need to do so now.
“I’m going to urge all Guyanese to make full use of this period, the remaining period for Claims and Objections to get on the list. If you haven’t registered please do so, if you know anyone in the area, villages or the wards, in the city who hasn’t done so, please take them and get them registered and if they are a new registrant or moved into your area, get them transferred into the area. The right to vote is a serious issue” Mr. Jagdeo contended.
Mr. Jagdeo added that election is not about what goes on behind closed doors at the Commission since that is for the Commissioners and the Head of GECOM to deal with.
However he said citizens need to be aware of the importance of their vote and should ensure that they are on the list.
The statements from the Opposition Leader came on the heels of him highlighting several issues pertaining the how the house to house registration data will be used with the creation of a new list.
GECOM has started a public relations blitz encouraging persons to ensure they take advantage of the claims and objections period.
Over 300,000 persons were registered during the house-to-house exercise with many of them being first-time voters.
The Guyana Elections Commission is still to make a clear pronouncement on how the data from the house to house registration will be published as the Claims and Objections period continues.