Following a meeting with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has assured that the upcoming General and Regional Elections will be held long before the end of the year.
Jagdeo’s comment comes after it was revealed last week that the Commission is considering a proposal for elections to be held in March 2020, which would be one year after constitutionally mandated elections ought to have been held given the December 2018 passage of the No-Confidence Motion against the coalition Government.
However, Jagdeo told reporters following his meeting with the Commission on Tuesday that the timeline, “…is clearly out the window now. We don’t even need to debate that. This March [timeline] is totally out the window. We’re looking for elections before the end of the year”.
Jagdeo told reporters that during the engagement, he reminded GECOM of its responsibility to hold elections, citing that President David Granger has been using its preparedness “as an excuse” to delay the hosting of early polls.
Furthermore, the Opposition Leader said he went through the various processes that the Commission is considering including the merging of data collected during the now-scrapped House-to-House Registration exercise with the existing National Register of Registrants (NRR) database. He noted that it was pointed out to the Commission that there is a much simpler way of adding new registrants to the NRR.