[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has advised that the current 7th Cycle of Continuous Registration, will end on Wednesday December 31; consequent to a decision that was made during the 436th Statutory Meeting of the Commission held on December 09.
Anyone who will be 14 years or older by March 31, 2015, and is a Guyanese citizen by birth, descent, naturalization, or is a citizen from a Commonwealth country living continuously in Guyana for one year or more, is eligible for registration. GECOM is asking that persons make a special effort to get registered before the December 31, 2014, so as to be part of the new National Register of Registrants (NRR).
As of Wednesday December 17, 2014, 4,277 registration transactions were completed with 3,116 being new registrants. Of the new registrants, 1,457 are persons 18 years and above while 1,659 are registrants 14 to 18 years of age. The number of registrants requesting changes to the information on their ID Cards so far amount to 611, while those requesting transfers equal 550. The percentage of verification currently stands at 95.8 percent.
Please visit the nearest Registration Office in your area to conduct your registration transaction.
The office hours during which persons can apply for registration/collect ID cards are:
- Monday to Friday 09:00hrs to 13:00hrs and 14:30hrs to 18:00hrs
- Saturdays from 10:00hrs to 14:00hrs.
All GECOM offices will be closed on Sundays and holidays
Section 6 of the National Registration Act, Chapter, 19:08 makes it obligatory for persons who meet the registration criteria to apply for registration. Persons eligible for registration could be prosecuted, fined and/or even sent to prison for failing or refusing to apply for registration. In the case of eligible persons under the age of 18 years by the qualifying date, the parents/guardians could be prosecuted for failure/refusal to apply for registration.
It is the civic duty and legal responsibility of all Guyanese who will who meet the eligibility requirements to apply for registration during this Cycle of Continuous Registration. By so doing, they would be ensuring that they are included on the official lists of electors for future elections, if they meet the other eligibility criteria, and be issued with National ID cards.