[www.inewsguyana.com] – The People’s Progressive Party on Tuesday said the introduction of machines for E-counting in the local electoral process must be discussed with all the stakeholders in a timely and transparent manner, prior to its implementation.
The opposition party, in a statement, noted the offer by Canada to provide voting machines for electronic counting of votes for Local Government Elections and the offer by the US Government to make available electronic tabulation of the results of elections.
“Whether the US offer is similar to the offer made by Canada is yet to be clarified. The PPP will be seeking clarification on this matter,” it said in a statement.
The Party reminded that it has already called for electoral reforms including enhanced biometrics and e-voting among others.
Further, the Party has indicated that legal steps would have to be instituted to facilitate the introduction of machines for electronic counting and for tabulation of votes at any elections in Guyana.
“Gecom must be integrally involved at all stages in respect of these offers and must,in the final analysis,bea key decision-maker on the matter, not the government alone,” the statement added.
The PPP said too that such offers must not remain exclusive to the Granger-led APNU+AFC Coalition Administration.
“The PPP is of the view that after twenty-three years with absolutely no reforms at Gecom to cater for institutional strengthening through more transparent and impartial practices with a view to enhancing its capacity to produce free and fair elections the time has come for reforms at Gecom to be placed on the front burner.”