The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has on its record the registration of 2,443 new applicants between the period September 2 to September 12, 2013 under its ongoing Fifth Cycle of Continuous Registration.
Gecom’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) Vishnu Persaud told iNews that between the same period, Gecom completed a total of 2,816 transactions. This ongoing Fifth Cycle of Continuous Registration which started on Monday September 2 is expected to be completed by November 23.
Persaud said all 28 permanent registration offices are up and running and the fifth cycle is moving along smoothly.
Gecom advises that any Guyanese citizen by birth, descent or naturalization; or a citizen from a Commonwealth country who has been living in Guyana for one year or more, and will be 14 years or older by December 31, 2013, is eligible for registration.
Such persons are required to visit the registration office that is responsible for their areas of residence to apply for registration. Such persons must be in possession of the following source to support their applications for registration:-
1. Original Birth Certificate issued by the General Register Office or a valid Guyana Passport
2. Original Marriage Certificate (and original birth certificate) – in the case of a name change by way of marriage.
3. Original Deed Poll and original Birth Certificate – in the case of any change of name by Deed Poll.
4. Original Naturalization Certificate issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs and original birth certificate/valid passport – in the case of naturalization. Evidence (photocopy/duplicate) of an application having been made for naturalization will not be accepted.
Baptismal Certificates, expired passports, photocopies of relevant documents or letters from Priests, Elders, Head Masters, Village Captains/Touchous and Justices of the Peace or existing ID Cards WILL NOT be acceptable as source documents for registration.
All persons who will be eligible for registration, but are not in possession of the relevant supporting document(s) stated above are urged to take immediate steps to acquire the said documents in order to facilitate their respective registration during this Continuous Registration exercise.
Meanwhile, Persons who were already registered could, if necessary: apply for a name change in the case of the change of name(s) by marriage or Deed Poll, since they were registered, or apply for correction(s), if there is incorrect information on their National ID Cards.
Additionally, persons who are already registered could: request that their photographs be retaken, if the quality of the photograph on their ID cards is unacceptable, or collect their new ID cards if they have not done so as yet.