By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguuyana.com] – A major hiccup was averted at the Central High School on the morning of May 11, after a stamp broke and some ballots were casted without the six digit number, forcing polling agents to write it on with a pen.
However, the issue was solved after the Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield replaced the stamp.
According to reports reaching iNews after the stamp was broken, a decision was taken to write the number of the polling station on the ballot paper employing the use of a pen in lieu of the absent stamp.
However, some of the voters at the station rejected this idea and began shouting suspecting something was amiss. When iNews arrived at the scene, Lowenfield confirmed that indeed the stamp was broken. He also said that the ballots that were casted either without the stamp or with the written number would be counted.
Alliance For Change (AFC) Leader, Khemraj Ramjattan who visited the school said that he was satisfied that no voter would be disenfranchised as a result of the hiccup.
According to one man, he went into the polling station and when he voted he realized that the ballot paper had no stamp. He subsequently raised an alarm and the officials began using a pen to write the number on the ballot paper.