The commission’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) Yolanda Ward has informed that the national recount of the March 2, 2020, General and Regional Elections will commence on Wednesday May 6 at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC) from 08:00hours to 19:00hours daily.
The commission is aiming to complete the process within 25 days, depending on the successes of the first seven days.
The national recount will be carried out at 10 workstations, eight of which will accommodate 14 persons. Two workstations will have 10 persons each. The recount will commence with District 1 – two workstations; District 2 – two workstations; District 3 – three workstations and District 4 – three workstations. The recount for District 4 shall continue at the three (3) workstations assigned to it. The recounts for Districts 5 through 10 will be conducted based on the completion of, and at the workstations assigned to, Districts 1, 2 and 3.
The elections body said each workstation will have representatives of parties, local and international observers and GECOM officials.
The recount will be scrutinised by a three-member high-level team from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
President David Granger on Monday said he was satisfied that the hurdles had been cleared for the elections commission to conduct the national recount and reminded that the elections body remains the only entity to carry out its constitutionally mandated responsibility.
Granger said the entire nation now awaits the completion of the recount of the ballots and the declaration of the results by the commission, which will subsequently allow for a democratically elected government to be sworn into office.
The opposition Peoples Progressive Party has however cautioned GECOM to avoid getting into too many details in the recount such as reconciling the votes in the ballot box with the number of persons who voted are on the list, saying that to do so would be illegal and this would eventually be used to derail the process.
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