As the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) prepares for Local Government Elections later this year, a fake identification card has surfaced in Region 4 (East Coast Demerara), officials confirmed.
In a statement, Chairman of GECOM, Justice James Patterson (Ret’d) yesterday confirmed that the Commission is aware of the developments.
“The Commissioners have conjectured that this may just be the tip of the iceberg. The public is warned that this may also just be the beginning of mischief that is afoot, a fifth column lurking and running about, abiding it’s time to come forth,” Patterson stated.
He noted that members of the public have a civic duty to inform the nearest police station as well as the GECOM Headquarters at Kingston, Georgetown, or any of its offices, countrywide, for onward transmission to the investigating authorities.
It is not unusual for persons to be found with false passports and ID cards, but this being an election year, the concerns are amplified with allegations of ‘rigging’.
Last month, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) called for a thorough police investigation after a man was found with what appeared to be a falsified ID card at Springlands Police Station.
The PPP noted that the incident last month confirmed the party’s fears that they are falsified ID cards and source documents, which are being published under a centrally directed electoral design.
“We call upon the general public to take note of this very serious matter and to be alert for the circulation of similar falsified, fake and forged Guyana ID cards and other source documents,’ the PPP stated.
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