By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Coalition has objected to a recent move by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) not to issue Certificates of Employment to polling agents and scrutineers.
Polling agents and scrutineers are appointed by each respective Party to work at polling stations to ensure that there is no deviation from the elections process and assist to ensure the process is transparent.
APNU Co – Chair Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine highlighted the coalition’s concerns with the decision at a recent press conference pointing out that it will make it harder for their agents to cast their ballots on E-Day. He said that this is especially more concerning for those agents who will not be working at the polling stations at which they have to vote come May 11.
Roopnaraine told iNews that the People’s Representation Act mandates GECOM to take any action that is necessary to ensure the smooth conduct of polls and in this case, that means the issuance of Certificates of Employments to scrutineers and polling agents.
However, a senior GECOM official when contacted, pointed out that another part of the Act stipulates exactly what classes of E-Day workers are to be provided with certificates of employment and political agents are not covered.
It was explained that the Commission simply “took a decision to abide by the legal position.”
Meanwhile, the APNU/AFC coalition says that it will be carefully scrutinizing the Revised List of Electors (RLE) since it has noticed some unusual population spikes in several districts.
Those areas have since been identified as Regions One, Two, Six, Seven, and Eight.
“Having submitted its list of candidates for the May 11th General and Regional Elections, the APNU+AFC Coalition is determined to ensure that the democratic process to which it has formally committed itself is free, fair and capable of delivering a result that reflects the will of the Voters,” Roopnaraine read in a statement on Friday.
He explained that the Coalition is examining the List of Electors in order to determine its accuracy. Notwithstanding this due diligence exercise, the Coalition emphasized that it is GECOM that is ultimately responsible for providing a clean List of Electors that is free from irregularities and has the confidence of all Guyanese