Only 500 objections to voters’ list despite claims of it being “bloated”

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Monday was the final day for claims to be made for voters to be included on the Preliminary List of Electors (PLE). Just seven more days remain for objections. However, as of Monday, only 500 voters have made objections to information contained on the PLE.

This is according to information released by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Public Relations Officer (PRO) Yolanda Ward. In addition to objections, 2639 changes to voters’ information were made since the exercise started on October 1.

In addition, 14,474 transfers of voters from one area to another were conducted while there were 5636 new registrations. There were also 2400 ID card replacements done and 651 photos retaken. In total, there were 26,300 transactions as of November 3, 2019.

The number of objections is in stark contrast to the often-repeated statement from the Government that the voters’ list was bloated by as many as 200,000 names, thus necessitating the controversial House-to-House (H2H) Registration exercise.

The Government and President David Granger have repeatedly claimed that the existence of 200,000 extra names necessitated House-to-House Registration, an exercise that ended up delaying GECOM’s preparations for election.