The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has started House-to-House Registration. (DPI)
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GEORGETOWN – Residents throughout the length and breadth of Guyana benefitted from the House-to-House registration process spearheaded by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Saturday.
Assistant Registration Officer (ARO) with GECOM, Darren Wilson, who has responsibility for North East La Penitence, told DPI that his team of enumerators used the day to get acquainted with the community in which they’re working.
“We had to get to know the area first […] All the members in the team don’t know the area,” Wilson explained.
According to Wilson, mapping of the community was necessary to avoid crossing into zones that are being controlled by other teams of enumerators.
Last Thursday, GECOM announced that House-to-House Registration will begin the following day in accordance with Order No. 25 dated June 11, 2019. The constitutional agency noted the eligibility criteria includes: Guyanese citizens by birth, descent, naturalisation or registration, and who would be 14 years and older by October this year, or a citizen of a Commonwealth country living in Guyana for no less than one year preceding the qualifying date.
The registration process is being conducted at the residence of persons fitting these categories. Persons are advised that registration will not be conducted at GECOM Registration Offices.
Following the expiration of the Voters’ List on April 30, it is the view of the Coalition Government that House-to-House Registration is a necessity for free and fair elections.
This is an effort to ensure Guyanese are not disfranchised and prevented from exercising their democratic right to cast their ballot in the upcoming General and Regional Elections. (DPI)