By Jomo Paul & Tracey Khan-Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The members of Guyana’s disciplined services on Saturday, May 02 turned out in their numbers at various locations to cast their ballots.
As is customary, members of the Disciplined Services, which includes the Guyana Prison Service, the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force, cast their ballots several days before the general population votes.
At the cusp of dawn, the Guyana Prison Service Officers at the Camp Street Prison lined up at the Prison Officers Snackette opposite the prison eagerly awaiting their turn to cast their ballots.
The men and women smartly dressed in black and blue made a single line down the stairs of the multipurpose facility with a few taps on each other’s’ backs as they successfully voted and marked their fingers with the telltale ink.
One young officer told iNews shortly after marking his X that the process was “simple and easy.”
He pointed out that this is his first time voting since he did not opt to cast a ballot in 2011. When asked what prompted him to vote this year, he said that he was duly informed of his “duty” to himself and nation.
Meanwhile, Director of Prisons, Welton Trotz told reporters that all of the areas with the exception of Lusignan, East Coast Demerara began the process on time.
“Smooth so far, I think all of our areas with the exception of Lusignan would have started on time,” he said.
The Director pointed out that since most of the officers do no reside long distances from home, it is expected that the process would be concluded by 16:00hrs.
He said all security measures have been taken to ensure a smooth and orderly voting process.
Meanwhile, officers of the Guyana Police Force turned out in their numbers to cast their ballot at the Eve Leary Sports Complex, Georgetown. iNews visited a number of locations in the city and spoke to members of the Police Force who said the process was smooth and transparent.
The voting process for the Guyana Police Force was expected to commence at 6:00hrs, but there was a 15 minutes delay according to GECOM Commissioner, Charles Corbin, who was on hand to observe the process.
Voting is also underway for ranks of the Guyana Defense Force.