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GECOM Seeks Speedy Elections Results

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) seeks to have the results of March 2, 2020, General and Regional Elections available in the shortest possible time. Speaking to Kaieteur Radio last night, GECOM Public Relations Officer (PRO) Yolanda Ward noted that the Laws of Guyana makes provision for the declaration of results some 15 days after the close of polls. However, the commission understands the “anxiety” of the electorate after voting has finished.
“Understanding the anxiety in persons, it is important for us to deliver results in the shortest possible time. And not just delivering the results, it is the delivery of accurate and credible results within the shortest possible time…We have built on lessons learned and we have been working out our own operations and administrative subsets, to ensure that we can deliver elections results in the shortest possible time,” she said in the interview.
According to Ward, much of the delay in the past is caused by Guyana’s geography. The remoteness of certain hinterland villages often slows the process of getting the ballots to GECOM for tabulation.
Furthermore, the process is slowed by the fact that Guyana’s laws only allow manual voting.
However, to aid in the voting process, GECOM has trained over 13,000 persons to run the 2,300 polling stations on elections day.

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