[www.inewsguyana.com] – With less than a month left for the General and Regional Elections to be held on May 11, 2015, the Carter Centre is progressively establishing its presence in Guyana.
A precursor team of medium term observers visited the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Friday last to meet with the GECOM Chairman, Dr. Steve Surujbally, to discuss the strategic directions of their Observer Mission.
Team Leader and Assistant Director, Global Development Initiative, Jason Calder indicated that the Carter Centre may be looking to establish a core medium observer team of four persons to lead its Mission.
He further stated that Carter Centre plans to have six (medium term observers comprising three teams of two persons each which can be deployed by April 22, 2015. The Carter Centre is expected to have at least 30 short term observers deployed closer to the Election Day. A total of 42 persons are expected to complete the Carter Centre’s Observer Mission.
Calder also discussed a preliminary logistical plan for the three medium term observer teams which is as follows: (a) One Team to cover Regions 2, 3, and 7; (b) another Team will cover Regions 5 and 6; and the other Team to cover Regions 1, 8, and 9.
GECOM’s Chairman, Dr. Surujbally expressed his satisfaction that the Carter Center is once again taken a keen interest in observing elections in Guyana.
Dr. Surujbally also gave a commitment to the Carter Centre representatives, that GECOM will assist the Team in whatever information requirements they may need. He also advised the Carter Centre representatives to send all plans and other training materials they intend to use, during their Election Observer Mission to GECOM, so that those materials can be assessed by GECOM for accuracy and completeness.
GECOM’s Chairman also asked the Carter Centre to agitate for peace and serenity before, during and after the Elections, and to help explain to the public the need for calm as citizens await the final official results. He further emphasized that GECOM will not be sacrificing accuracy for expediency when it comes to the delivery of the election results.