By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has approved seven local organisations to observe the May 11 General and Regional elections.
The local observers will be joined by international observers that include the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Organisation of American States (OAS), The Carter Centre and CARIOM.
An advert placed in local newspapers on Wednesday, May 6 confirmed that the local observers will be Blue Caps, the Private Sector Commission, Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, the Guyana Public Service Union, Electoral Assistance Bureau, the United States Embassy and the British High Commission.
The government had issued invitations to the United Nations, Caricom, the Commonwealth and UNASUR; the Carter Centre, the UK branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, India and South Africa.
The groups are expected to assess all factors affecting the credibility of the electoral process as a whole and determine whether the elections have been conducted according to the standards for democratic elections to which Guyana has committed itself, with reference to its own election-related legislation as well as relevant regional, Commonwealth and international commitments.
The Observers are expected to visit a large number of the 2299 polling stations identified for the conduct of General and Regional Elections.