By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan is insisting that there is still time for the requisite legislation to be put in place and the Government to issue the order for Local Government Elections (LGE) to be held before the end of the 2015.
Bulkan’s statement comes after the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) raised concerns that certain legal gaps need to be closed before it can make a pronouncement on its readiness to hold local polls in the near future.
According to GECOM, the existing legislation relative to the preparation of the Preliminary List of Voters requires that the Lists be prepared from the Official List of Electors that was used for the 1992 General and Regional Elections.
“This legislation must be amended to clear the way for the Lists to be extracted from the up-to-date National Register of Registrants,” GECOM stated.
However, during an interview with iNews, Bulkan hinted at the possibility of taking the amendments to the House before it goes into recess on September 10. It should be noted that the Standing Orders dictate that parliamentarians must be given seven days notice of any sitting of the National Assembly.
“There is still time…there are always exigencies that could give rise to the natural interest…there is still time between now and the break,” said Bulkan.
He believes that GECOM would be able to deliver elections before the end of the year.