The National Assembly approved $3.4B for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) for the conduct of General and Re
gional Elections – $3.3B of that sum was approved for current expenses, while $182M was approved for capital expenses.
The approved estimate for GECOM’s current expenses is just $14M short of the amount requested by GECOM.
Minister of Finance Winston Jordan said, “As you have seen, these elections are very costly. In addition to the 5.37B, now you have an additional $3.4B roughly, bringing the total sum to almost $9B (and counting) for the elections in 2020.”
He noted that the supplement is in keeping with a commitment made by the President before the No Confidence Cases even went to Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). The Chairman of the Commission, Justice (Ret’d) James Patterson, had written to the President requesting funding for the conduct of elections.
Jordan was keen to note that the granting of those funds to the Commission was because of the Chairman’s request, and not because it expects a certain ruling by the CCJ.
“This provision, I want to say today, is not in anticipation of anything that the CCJ may or may not say or decide on,” he told the assembly.
Though GECOM is preparing to execute House-to-House Registration, Commissioner Vincent Alexander told reporters last Tuesday, that the Commission has not received a report on House-to-House, which is why a date has not yet been deliberated on.
Guyana awaits rulings by the CCJ on a series of cases, which will guide the decisions of the Commission in relation to when elections will be held.
While the political opposition hopes for early elections, government has remained steadfast that the Official List of Electors (OLE) must be updated, given its expiry on April 30, and that elections should be held in 2020, as constitutionally mandated under normal circumstances.
Aug 13, 2020“I am seeking to build relationships of trust and confidentiality” – Ramson Jr. Georgetown: The President of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), Wayne Forde, made a courtesy call on the new...
Aug 13, 2020
Aug 13, 2020
Aug 13, 2020
Aug 12, 2020
Aug 11, 2020
Two ugly developments have taken place on the same day that will not engender optimism on the part of the PPP leadership... more
Freedom of speech is our core value at Kaieteur News. If the letter/e-mail you sent was not published, and you believe that its contents were not libellous, let us know, please contact us by phone or email.
Feel free to send us your comments and/or criticisms.
Contact: 624-6456; 225-8452; 225-8458; 225-8463; 225-8465; 225-8473 or 225-8491.
Or by Email: [email protected] / [email protected]