By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) has made it clear that it is not in support of private residences being used as polling stations and is calling on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to ensure that the polling venues are not compromised on elections day.
Chief Election Scrutineer of APNU, Amna Ally told a news conference today, Friday December 12 that the Opposition Party advocates for the use of government buildings.
“We do not want any venue that can be compromised. The onus is on GECOM to look at alternative ways to erect polling stations. We strongly object to people’s premises being used,” Ally explained.
Similar sentiments were expressed by the Party’s Leader, David Granger, who noted that some persons could not vote in the 2011 elections due to last minute changes to polling stations.
“There were circumstances in 2011 where new polling stations were identified after…as a result some persons could not find the polling station and some people were deprived of voting. We’re asking for the location to be identified and notified to the general public so that you don’t have last minute changes,” the Opposition Leader stated.
Meanwhile, the APNU is also calling on GECOM to have all systems in place so that the election results can be revealed at the earliest possible time, instead of having the nation hold its breath for days.
Granger said, “It is our view that the results could be; particularly nowadays with modern means of communication and statement of polls could actually be photographed and transmitted in a matter of seconds.
“We feel you know that we could have election results by the 6’0 clock the next morning and certainly we don’t expect to have results after three or four days and still getting the arithmetic wrong.”
According to the Opposition Leader, GECOM must move away from the 72 and 96 hours wait for the declaration of results; which he says leads to bad arithmetic.
The APNU also called on the Elections Body to ensure that the general and regional elections are conducted in a clean and efficient manner and in an atmosphere of calm.