The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), by a majority decision on Tuesday, has instructed the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield to establish 12 additional polling places in order to address concerns by the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) that there would be confusion and congestion on election day.
Election Commissioners Sase Gunraj and Vincent Alexander said the 12 polling places would be in Mon Repos and Foulis villages, East Coast Demerara, and Chesney Village, Corentyne. Gunraj said the number of polling stations would remain the same, but a number of them would be moved to new polling places. Gunraj recalled seeing 18 polling stations at a nursery school that would be used as a polling place.
“That means there will not be that congestion at the two polling places – Mon Repos Primary and Mon Repos Nursery… Some of the polling stations will be used from those two schools to other locations,” he said. Gunraj said at this time no decision has been taken to use private residences but GECOM could possibly use tents.
The decision by GECOM came several hours after the seven-member electoral management authority held three hours of talks with a five-member PPP delegation led by its General Secretary, Bharrat Jagdeo.
GECOM envisages that just about 400 persons will vote at each polling station.