In an effort to ensure a high voter turnout at the Local Government Elections (LGE), representatives of Youth Challenge Guyana, the National Coordinating Coalition and the National Youth Council, met with top officials of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) today to discuss the facilitation of training and support for their joint programme titled “Voter Education Project”.
According to a GECOM media statement, the Voter Education Project which is being funded by USAID through Counterpart International is designed to lend support to the electorate as well as candidates. This project also aims to target the youth primarily. Apart from that, the project focuses on women and Special Interests groups.
The Representatives explained that the project will establish “candidate hubs” across the country where trained personnel will be available to answer questions on Local Government Elections. Youth friendly publications will also be produced to strengthen awareness.
Deputy Chief Election Officer, Vishnu Persaud indicated that GECOM can provide existing literature and check materials produced via the project towards ensuring that the information being disseminated is accurate.
Chief Election Officer, Mr. Keith Lowenfield indicated that because of the wide hiatus between Local Government Elections, a culture may have developed whereby people view the LGE as unimportant. However, through these awareness campaigns that can be improved.