Nomination Day for Local Government Elections postponed, GECOM rules Local Government Minister does not have authority to delineate constituencies.

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Chairman of GECOM, Retired Justice Claudette Singh

According to a reliable source, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) decided to push back Nomination Day, scheduled for Monday, December 12, during a special meeting called on Thursday. The commissioners also acknowledged that Nigel Dharamlall, the Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, lacks the power to demarcate the constituency boundaries as he has done.

GECOM’s decisions come in the face of a court application APNU+AFC’s Chief Election Scrutineer, Carol Smith-Joseph filed seeking 14 declarations and four orders invalidate the Preliminary List of Electors created by the commission for Local Government Elections, giving for way for a new voter register.

Smith-Joseph wants the court that (GECOM) acted unlawfully when it opted not to compile the Preliminary List of Voters for the Local Elections in accordance with the Local Authorities (Elections) Act as amended by Act No. 15 of 2015.

The coalition has insisted that there is no information on the various constituencies on the list.

Several constituency boundaries in the ten administrative regions have been restored to their 2016 configurations, according to an announcement made by Minister Dharamlall two weeks ago. He is adamant that this will result in more people being represented in local government at the elections slated for March 13, 2023.

Chief Elections Officer, Vishnu Persaud earlier this week asked retired Justice Claudette Singh, Chairman of GECOM, to allow the conduct of a 14-day exercise under Section 24A, “Correction of Registers by Elections Commission,” in response to the coalition’s concerns with the Preliminary List of Electors.

Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Nigel Dharamlall

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