The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has further decided to carry out a field exercise at the level of the offices in the local government areas as part of its mandate following the ruling by its Chairman, Retired Justice Claudette Singh, that the Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Nigel Dharamlall has no authority to delineate constituencies as he did.
They Break News was informed by a credible source that the exercise was expected to commence on Wednesday but the commission is still finalizing the requisite guidelines. The exercise, according to the source will conclude in two weeks.
In order to determine the demarcation of constituency boundaries in those local government areas that have been expanded or contracted by Dharamall, the exercise will involve the Assistant Chief Scrutineers of the political parties.
“As a consequence, GECOM has to review its work plan and timelines for the holding of Local Government Elections taking into consideration the proposed exercise,” the source stated.
The Preliminary List of Electors (PLE) that GECOM produced for the holding of Local Government Elections has been the subject of various recent criticisms from the APNU+AFC. The parties vehemently disputed that the list contained any information on the individual constituencies.
In response to the coalition’s concerns, Chief Elections Officer Vishnu Persaud asked retired Justice Claudette Singh, Chairman of GECOM, earlier this month to permit the conduct of a 14-day exercise under Section 24A, “Correction of Registers by Elections Commission.”
According to a declaration issued by Dharamlall a few weeks ago, a number of constituency boundaries in the 10 administrative regions have been returned to their 2016 configurations. He assured that doing this will increase the number of people who are represented in local government when elections are held next year.
Due to differences with the (PLE), Nomination Day was postponed, and March 13, 2023 has been chosen as the initial date for Local Government Elections. Every two years, Local Government Elections must be held in accordance with the constitution.