Gov’t awaits GECOM’s decision on date for Local Government Elections

Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan
Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan
Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan

[] – Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan says the APNU+AFC administration is awaiting word from the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) as to whether Local Government Elections can be accommodated in December.

On July 30, Bulkan told the National Assembly that he had been advised that GECOM would be ready to hold the long awaited elections by early December.

When questioned on Thursday, August 12 if this is still possible, Minister Bulkan told the media that the Ministry would know for sure after GECOM’s next statutory meeting.

Addressing a press briefing at the Ministry in Kingston, Minister Bulkan explained that, “The last official word that we have received is that the Commission would be having its next statutory meeting on August 18th, at which time they are expected to make a formal decision to go ahead with all of the activities relating to the holding of these elections.”

He added that the GECOM secretariat is confident that they have the capacity.

“Subject to the formal decision of the Commission to go head, these elections can be held within the timeframe that has been identified and announced,” Bulkan said.

Local Government Elections were last held in Guyana in 1994. The A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) Government, as part of its campaign promises in the lead up to the General and Regional Elections in May, had pledged to stage these elections at an early date. [Modified from GINA]



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