[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) says it is in receipt of reports from Region 1 (Barima-Waini) that unauthorized persons, claiming to be employees of GECOM, have been visiting homes with copies of extracts of the current Preliminary List of Electors (PLE) to check, and advise residents, on their registration status.
But the Commission has distanced itself from such activity and emphatically stated that none of its staff is engaged in any such activity in Region 1 or any other Region.
“Our investigations have revealed that the persons engaged in this activity are alleged “Community Support Officers” in Mabaruma and Port Kaituma,” Gecom said in a statement.
The Commission also noted that its investigations have also revealed that the persons have in their possession a copy of a letter purportedly written by the Regional Executive Officer of the Region authorizing them to engage in the activity of concern.
“GECOM staff members are authorized to embark on mobile exercises to provide opportunities for eligible persons in far flung communities to conduct transactions relative to the ongoing Claims and Objections exercise,” the statement explained.
GECOM said too that all such activities are adequately announced within the respective communities prior to the visits.
“We take this opportunity to make it abundantly clear that all of GECOM’s employees working in the field wear, and are identifiable by, certified identification badges at all times during working hours. They are accompanied by duly accredited and adequately identifiable Scrutineers representing the Parliamentary Political Parties.”