By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Youth arm of the APNU+AFC coalition on Friday, April 24 called on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to institute more programmes geared towards stimulating the voter education process especially among youths.
This comes a day after the Indian government donated some $10.2M to the elections Body in an attempt to bolster its civic education programmes for the May 11 polls.
At an APNU+AFC press conference that featured three of its prominent youths and dealt structurally with youth issues, the concerns about the voter education programmes were raised.
AFC’s, Mark Ross pointed out that more emphasis needs to be placed on ensuring that persons are aware that they can vote without their identification cards.
He made this statement against that backdrop that there are reports of persons buying identification cards for varying sums of monies across the country.
“GECOM needs to tell our young people especially if my name is not on the list what happens? Do I still get to vote? Will my name be in the folio?” questioned Ross.
Still on the issue of identification cards, he explained that some persons are still not aware which identification card would be accepted at the polling stations on May 11 since many persons still use the old ones.
“Talking about when you mark your X it should be marked in two places and how that X should be marked not touching the edges,” he told the news conference.
The WPA’s Tabitha Sarabo-Halley pointed out that the elections body has been doing a lot more in terms of civic voter education than it has done in the past elections but made it clear that more can still be done.
This was also her position on the Party level on voter education, while she noted that a lot of groundwork has been done by the Party over the past month as it seeks to edify its supporters.