The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has confirmed that voter turnout was indeed miserable at the polling stations across the country.
During a press briefing earlier today, GECOM’s Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield disclosed that there was approximately 38% voter participation in the Local Government Elections (LGE). In 1994, there was a 47.91% participation.
Many have sought to blame GECOM for the minuscule turnout, owing to what some have referred to as the poor educational campaign it rolled out; but the GECOM Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally has made it clear that the electoral body will not accept responsibility.
According to him, the contesting candidates and political parties should have done more to boost voters’ understanding of the process.
However, GECOM Commissioner, Bibi Shaddick asserted that these elections are certainly complex and therefore GECOM should have started its campaign earlier.
Meanwhile, during the press conference, GECOM was unable to release any results because there were several requests for recounting of the ballots in certain areas in Region Six (East Berbice Corentyne).