[www.inewsguyana.com] – The People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) expressed “grave concerns” over what it deemed as ‘attacks’ by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and the People’s National Congress Reform (PNC/R) on legitimate Party activists who are conducting house-to-house verification of the Preliminary List of Electors (PLE) in “general and more specifically during the Claims and Objection period currently underway”.
The Party also rubbished statements by the PNC/R and GECOM on the use of Community Support Officers (CSO’s) posing as GECOM staff checking lists in Region One on behalf of the Party.
In a statement, the Party stated that “These attacks disguised as exposes about person posing as GECOM operatives have placed PPP activists checking the list on the ground in grave physical danger”.
The Party added that “Over the past 24 hours it has been brought to our attention that in certain communities that have traditionally supported the PNC, that on checking the PLE, irregularities have begun to surface in regards to names appearing on the list. Indications are that the PLE may very well be padded”.
The ruling party called on GECOM to explain the steep surge in names amounting to 78,000 plus new registrants on the PLE whereas the pattern over the years has been approximately 11,000.
The PPP is now demanding a complete breakdown of the new registrants and their origin.
The Party stated that it is hopeful that these attacks from GECOM and the PNC/R are not intended to obstruct verification of the PLE which their activists are conducting countrywide presently.
A press statement from the PNC/R noted that the CSO’s who are paid by the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs “are masquerading as officers of the GECOM and canvasing residents of the region.”
GECOM had cause to issue a statement noting that it is in receipt of reports from Region 1 (Barima-Waini) that unauthorized persons, claiming to be employees of GECOM, have been visiting homes with copies of extracts of the current PLE to check, and advise residents, on their registration status.
But the Commission has distanced itself from such activity and emphatically stated that none of its staff is engaged in any such activity in Region 1 or any other Region.