[www.inewsguyana.com] – The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has requested that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) extend by seven days its upcoming claims and objections exercise, for the period August 4 to 24, 2014.
In a statement, the Party said it “is convinced that an extension at this critical time is necessary to ensure most if not all eligible Guyanese are on the List and not disenfranchised whenever elections are called.”
“Already we have seen the AFC submission of a No Confidence Motion on the government coupled with the APNU public support and only recently the Speaker of the National Assembly has thrown his weight behind them with justification that the Government is undermining the work of Parliament.”
The PPP said it has received valuable information from its extensive field work countrywide that many persons who are still to effect transfer of their particulars from one list to another especially in New Housing Schemes.
The Party said that it had engaged GECOM to conduct mobile registration in these schemes as well as hinterland and riverain communities, while reiterating its dissatisfaction over GECOM’s poor Public Relation work to “notify residence of mobile its units, its poor selection of convenient days and times to residents and meager time spent in hinterland & riverain Communities.”
The Party reminded that it “made representation for the over 8,000 persons that were still to take transfers at the end of the last continuous registration period. And our ground work has shown there is still a significant amount of persons that are still to do so with the Claims and Objections period concluding on Sunday 24th August, 2014.”
“Consequently, the PPP had written to GECOM on June 20, 2014 requesting an extension to the 6th Cycle Registration since there were a significant amount of corrections and new registrants to be done as well, cognizant of the fact that the Claims and Objections period is very short.”
The PPP has again called on “all major stakeholders to support its call for an extension so that every eligible Guyanese can get on the list paving the way for transparent, free and fair elections whenever they are called.”
The Party also stated that the PLE may very well be padded and also questioned the steep surge in names amounting to 78,000 plus new registrants whereas the pattern over the years has been approximately 11,000.
The PPP also demanded a complete breakdown of the new registrants and their origin.