Printing of national ID cards can take at least three months- PPP elections commissioner

Opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP) elections commissioner, Sase Gunraj says the printing of national identification cards can take more than three months.

“We are hearing about the production of ID cards now. The smallest time frame provided by the Secretariat is 92 days and it goes all the way to 140 days. While those are overlapping events, the issue that is coming out is that those are things that will take a long, long time,” he said.

High-level Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) sources have said Jamaica’s Electoral Commission is prepared to print Guyana’s national identification cards.

He said proposals to deal with the merging of data from the July to August, 2019 house-to-house registration exercise with the existing National Register of Registrants, the verification exercise and printing of national identification cards were all combining to stretch the time frame within which general elections could be held. “The proposals that are coming are all very, very lengthy processes and, as I have said before, the data from house-to-house is unverified data and we have to be very careful how we treat that data,” Gunraj said,

Election Commissioners from government and opposition  say their meeting on Tuesday ended with no decisions.

They are to meet again on Friday to discuss verification, merging and production of national identification cards.

Pro-coalition elections commissioner, Vincent Alexander was cautiously optimistic that the seven-member commission would arrive at decisions very soon. He said timelines would be defined based on information from GECOM’s technical staff. “There seems to be light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.

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