The People’s National Congress Reform, which is the largest party in the APNU+AFC Coalition, plans to meet with the Chairperson and Commissioners of the Guyana Elections Commission on the issue of a new voter’s list.
The party sees the issue as one that must be addressed ahead of the Local Government elections scheduled for this year.
Norton is holding his party’s position that the current list of electors is bloated. He recalled that the last time the list was cleansed, the number of persons on the list reduced considerably.
“If one accepts that Guyana has 750,000 people and youth population that is above half of the population then you would recognize logically that you cannot have a voter’s list of six hundred and something thousand. What I believe has gone wrong is that we did not have a situation where particularly in the last election, the list was allowed to be cleaned and create the basis for democratic elections, little wonder we had all the problems we had after,” Mr. Norton.
Most of the observer missions for the last General elections in Guyana in their final reports recommended the creation of a new voters list.
“So I believe rational people want to see a new voters list and we will engage the commission on this issue,” Norton pointed out.
The PNCR leader said there are a number of methods including House-to-House registration which can be used to create a new voter’s list
“What we will do is to speak with the Commission and then we would have to discuss and arrive at conclusions,” he said.
The Guyana Elections Commission commenced House-to-House registration in July 2019 in the run-up to national elections but the exercise was stopped.
The Guyana Elections Commission will receive over $780 million in budgetary allocations this year to prepare for and host the local government elections.