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GECOM In $40M Debt

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Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Dr. Steve Surujbally is trying to clear the air with regard to criticisms made against the commission about the mismanagement of funds.

Capitol News understands that while GECOM has funds for the upcoming General and Regional Elections, it has outstanding debts to the value of nearly 40 Million dollars that is owed to various vendors including media houses.

GECOM up to now cannot honor these debts because the Central Government has refused to release the funds that were earmarked for expenses associated with the aborted Local Government elections.

Dr. Surujbally said the finance provided to the Commission in this year’s budget is sufficient to facilitate just the upcoming general and regional elections. He guaranteed that the monies are indeed being put to their rightful use in getting GECOM’s work done.

According to the GECOM chairman the Commission is also working on finalizing systems and acquiring material to be used on elections day. He stated that the Commission’s preparations for the 2011 elections are proceeding well.

Dr. Surujbally said that there are some 33 political parties that have been registered with the commission for this year’s elections. He stressed that all stakeholders have since been provided with the relevant information needed.

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