GECOM poised to scrap supplementary voters list of persons who haven’t collected ID cards

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) seemed set to scrap its plan to have a supplementary list of thousands of voters who do not collect their national identification cards to prove that they are alive and in the country, but there is no decision yet on the new method that will be used to heighten security, an elections commissioner says.

Government-backed elections commissioner, Vincent Alexander says a supplementary list is likely to cause confusion on polling day, March 2, 2020. “The view was expressed that a supplementary list could be a source of confusion because the electoral list is done in alphabetical order and what you’ll find is that somebody who is on the list in the first instance and then they have to go to another list in the second instance and it could be an untidy arrangement so it’s under review,” he said.

Alexander says so far just over 800 of the 18,409 persons have collected their cards from GECOM’s offices countrywide.

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