As the Guyana Elections Commission prepares to begin house to house registration across the country tomorrow, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party staged a large picketing exercise this morning outside the GECOM headquarters calling for GECOM to halt house to house registration.
The PPP believes that the Elections Commission should instead be getting itself ready for elections within three months, rather than starting a process that is likely to go beyond three months.
PPP executive member and former General Secretary, Clement Rohee, was part of the protest and he told reporters that GECOM appears to be acting against the consequential orders handed down by the CCJ.
Those consequential orders made no reference to house-to-house registration, but said upon the passage of the no-confidence motion, the provisions following its passage became engaged.
Rohee said “I hope that GECOM has recognized the strength of the force behind the statement of the opposition party”.
The Opposition has said it will continue to protest against house to house registration. Mr. Rohee said there is nothing wrong with supporters of the PPP protesting against GECOM while the President and the Opposition Leader are engaged in negotiations for a GECOM Chairman.
He said the protesters have a democratic right to protest just as the two leaders have a right to meet.
PPP Executive Secretary Zulficar Mustapha said the PPP is still to be officially informed by the Elections Commission of the move to begin house-to-house registration on Saturday. He said the PPP is still one of the major stakeholders.
“We learnt about it through the press and through some of our activities on the ground”, he said.
The Opposition is adamant house-to-house registration is not needed to produce a clean voter’s list. It prefers the claims and objections period to be used.