The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) will convene a meeting today to discuss the revised strategy for holding the Local Government Election (LGE).
According to reports, the Government-appointed GECOM commissioners are adamant that Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Nigel Dharamlall has the right to adjust the constituency boundaries for Local Government Elections, as he did recently.
Chairman of GECOM, Retired Justice Claudette Singh, had concurred that Dharamlall cannot change the borders, but she is now claiming she is not aware that the Minister has done so.
Vice President, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, stated recently that he is convinced that the APNU+AFC opposition does not want the elections to be held and are therefore causing disruptions at GECOM by calling for a new voters’ list.
He emphasized that he disagrees with the Chairman’s initial decision, which stated that the Dharamlall lacks the authority to alter the constituency borders.
“We disagree with the characterization that the Local Government Minister has no power to demarcate boundaries, he does have the power and GECOM, once the boundaries are established, sets the divisions and the constituencies within those boundaries,” Jagdeo asserted.
Ronald Bulkan, for Minister of Communities, defined constituency borders in the past, the Vice President added.
Nomination Day for Local Government Elections which was slated for December 12, 2022 was postponed. GECOM is expected to make a determination on whether elections can still be held on March 13, 2023 and whether there will be another round of the claims and objections exercise to address concerns relating to the Preliminary Voters’ List raised by the opposition.