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The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) last Monday commenced its Claims and Objections exercise for the highly anticipated upcoming Local Government Elections next year.Chief Elections Officer,Cheap China Jerseys, Keith LowenfieldWithin three days, the Secretariat received 558 applications for new registrations, 103 applications for transfers, eight applications for entry into the Preliminary List of Voters (PLVs) using Form 4, and 192 applications for Change/Correction. No objections were received so far.The exercise was initiated to produce a Register of Voters (RoV) for each of the nine Municipalities and 62 Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs); it is expected to end on December 13, 2015.Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield told reporters at a recent media briefing that GECOM is also registering persons who will be 18 years old and over by February 29,Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic, 2016 in non-local authority areas. This exercise also commenced on November 9 and will end on December 6,Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping, 2015.“To date in this exercise we have received 34 applications for new registrations, and four applications for transfers,” he said,NFL Jerseys China Cheap, noting that at the conclusion of the period, GECOM will have an administrative process where all electors who come onboard are matched to ensure that there is no duplicity of elector listed.Persons who will be 18 years old or over by February 29, 2016 and who are Guyanese by birth,China Jerseys Cheap, descent, naturalization or are citizens from a Commonwealth country living in Guyana for one year or more are eligible to vote at Local Government Elections.The electors are required to check the relevant Lists, which were posted at prominent locations in all of the respective Constituencies and apply for registration if their name is not on the list; apply for a transfer if they have changed their address since they were last registered and apply for a name change or correction if they have changed their name or if they listed information is not accurate.Lowenfield announced that GECOM has established some 160 Claims and Objections Offices at strategic locations within all of the Municipalities and NDCs to ensure the success of the exercise. All of these offices,Jerseys From China, he said, have been gazetted and published in the print media, prior to the commencement of the exercise, as is required by law.He further stated that there were scrutineers assigned to every office for the period. He added that prior to the commencement of the exercise, GECOM had embarked on a “full-fledged information drive at grass roots level” while awaiting the production of infomercials via the electronic media.At present, GECOM is engaged with placements of the infomercials via every available electronic media house, along with the publication of full page advertisements in the print media focusing on specific aspects of the Claims and Objections exercise initially and then with a shift towards Local Government Elections.These activities are included in a comprehensive Civic and Voter Education Strategy which has already been approved by the Commission.For a long time, the US government and other governments have been calling for the holding of Local Government Elections, which have not been held since 1994. These elections are expected to be held sometime after March 2016.
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