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Gov’t wants GECOM to prove it can hold Local Gov’t polls

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 6.41.17 PMCabinet Secretary, Dr. Roger Luncheon wants the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman Dr Steve Surujbally to back up his claims that the Commission is ready for the hosting of Local Government and General Elections.

Just a week ago GECOM’s Chairman issued a statement saying the commission is fully prepared to stage Local Government Elections once a date is announced.

Dr. Luncheon at his weekly press briefing on Wenesday morning presented the case that the current administration is doubtful that GECOM could successfully host such elections. He is even convinced that the Elections Commission is trying to set a date for the holding of local government elections.

GECOM’s Chairman Dr Surujbally while stating the Commission’s position on the possibility of local government elections rejected what he calls a series of concerns raised by three government appointed commissioners about GECOM’s readiness for the local polls.

GECOM made it public that the body has developed its Work Plan, which puts the timeframe for the conduct of the elections at 180 days.

Repeated calls continue to be made from all sections of society for the Government to announce a date for Local Government Elections which was last held in 1994.

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