Reports reaching Wiredja News say all polling stations were opened on time at 6:00 hrs and, thus far, the process has been smooth at the various polling stations.
Several government ministers have already voted, among them, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who voted at Howard’s residence, Guyhoc Park in the Georgetown Municipality.
Minister Harmon said today marks another important day in the Local Government system, “it is the second time within a short period since we came into office in 2015 that we are having Local Government Elections. I think the process is going very well.”
The minister reiterated the call for all Guyanese to come out and vote before the close of polls today at 18:00hrs.
He noted, “this is a very important election it deals with the democratic renewal of your communities and therefore you are the persons who will benefit from the quality of leadership that you require at the local level.”
Also voting at Howard’s residence was Minister of Citizenship, Winston Felix, who noted the hosting of LGE for the second time under the Coalition Government is a demonstration of this Administration’s commitment to the people of Guyana.
The Guyana Elections Commission says everything is in place to conduct Local Government Elections in villages and towns across the country, which will see 573,923 persons eligible to vote at 1, 676 polling stations in the 80 Local Authority Areas that have been divided into 596 constituencies. There will be a ‘no contest’ in one of the constituencies.
GECOM officials say three polling day officials were barred from working because they are related to candidates.
“Based on the feedback that I have received, we are set and ready for an early start Monday morning in terms of the stations opening from six O’clock,” GECOM’s Public Relations Officer, Yolanda Ward told Demerara Waves Online News.
She confirmed one presiding officer and two polling clerks would not be able to work on election Day because A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) candidate is the husband of the presiding officer and their two children are working at two polling stations in the same Local Authority Area.
“Once that information was filtered to the Returning Officer, the Returning Officer called in those persons, had a discussion with them to indicate to them because it is the Proportional Representation component she will not be able to move them around into different constituencies.” Ward said.
The APNU agent did not object to the concern raised by the GECOM official.
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