– Police called in
The Guyana Elections Commission yesterday said that it has uncovered cases of multiple registrations during both phases of the Claims and Objections exercises for the upcoming General and Regional Elections.
GECOM in a press statement yesterday said that the discrepancies were uncovered through its electronic cross matching of the fingerprints of every new applicant for registration.
This is done against the fingerprints of existing registrants who are listed in the national Register of Registrants (NRR).
According to GECOM, each case of multiple registration was investigated. During this activity, it was revealed that some of the cases of multiple registration were unintentional while others were found to have been committed deliberately. Accordingly, GECOM applied the methodology for treating with multiple registration towards ensuring that no person is listed more than once in the NRR.
It was explained that a significant number of the cases of multiple registration involved one person applying for registration twice at the same or different venues, using two Birth Certificates with different information.
It was stated that the use of two birth certificates with different information for registration has consequences that impact on the integrity of GECOM’s National Register of Registrants.
Likewise, it also has the same impact as the registration of a person with a passport which was issued on the basis of the provision of a questionable Birth Certificate.
In an effort to address the problem, GECOM has written Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee, requesting that a meeting is arranged involving himself (Minister Rohee) along with representatives from the relevant Departments of his Ministry, Dr. Steve Surujbally Chairman of GECOM and other Senior Representatives of GECOM.
GECOM has also undertaken to present exemplars for all categories relative to glaring cases of inconsistencies regarding source documents.
Those cases of deliberate multiple registrations are expected to be handed over to the Guyana Police Force for further investigation and possible prosecution.
In addition, the names and addresses for the persons involved will be published in the print media.
Meanwhile, GECOM says that it is engaged with works associated with the finalization and printing of the Revised List of Electors (RLE) as a sequel to the recently concluded Claims and Objections Exercise for the upcoming Elections.
Upon completion, the RLE will be posted at two conspicuous locations within each electoral Division/Sub-Division for public scrutiny.
Electronic copies of the RLE will be shared with Political Parties.
GECOM has also disclosed that it has accredited the executive members of the Electoral Assistance Bureau (EAB) as local observers.
Prior to this being done, Dr. Surujbally had met with Fr. Malcolm Rodriguez and Mr. Abbas Mancey, Project Director of the Bureau and had emphasized the need for compliance with the protocols enshrined in the Terms of Reference for Local/Domestic Observers.
Moreso, Dr. Surujbally had stressed the need for the EAB to work in direct collaboration with Chief Elections Officer Gocool Boodoo insofar as testing of the Voters List and the accreditation of Local Observers is concerned.
Additionally, Surujbally urged that the EAB consults with the Commission before making pronouncements on any matter relevant to the preparations for and conduct of Elections.
GECOM has written the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) informing that the time is now opportune for the Union to formally meet with GECOM to commence the process which would culminate in the GPSU being accredited. The GPSU had written the Commission indicating its interest to be accredited as a Local Observer for the upcoming Elections.
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