[www.inewsgauya.com] – Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon today (Wednesday, December 10), assured reporters that President Donald Ramotar has recognized the necessity of engaging the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) in setting a date for general elections.
On Saturday Last, President Ramotar announced that Guyanese will vote in early general and regional elections to elect a new government come next year – 2015.
The President said that that he will announce a date early in the New Year. To this end, Dr. Luncheon guaranteed that that date will not be recklessly set “neither is the President inclined”; adding that the administration will engage GECOM forthrightly and in a transparent manner.
“This will ensure that complications would arise with a date GECOM would not be comfortable with,” Luncheon said adding that “whenever he announces a date, take it for granted that that day and his announcement could only have been done after confirmation with GECOM about its readiness for D – Day.”
The Cabinet Secretary further explained: “you cannot be set a date without the collaborations with GECOM because GECOM’s timetabling of the preliminary events would be what is needed to have d – day as the real d – day so that people don’t holler oops we need a week more.”
Mr. Ramotar had given his commitment to consult with the Guyana Elections Commission on its readiness to hold elections.
It seems all political Parties are in agreement that early general elections, which are not constitutionally due until November 2016, would break the current political gridlock.
GECOM however is currently rolling out its 7th cycle of continuous registration with its first week seeing some 925 new registrants, while 222 persons have made corrections to their information and there were 152 transfers.
This is not expected to end until February 2015.