July 2019 and February 2020 are the two dates Commissioners of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) will consider for the hosting of General and Regional Elections.
This is according to GECOM Commissioner, Vincent Alexander.
During an interview with the Guyana Standard, Alexander said that the dates will be deliberated at the next meeting of the Commissioners.
He said, “The technical people addressed the Commission twice. The first time they addressed the Commission, they talked about the possibility of elections in March or one in April…They went back and got more information and when they addressed us the next time, they said that March or April is not possible because it would not be enough time to prepare.”
Alexander added, “They explained that if claims and objections begin soon then you can host elections in July. If House to House registration is done, then elections would be February 2020… We have not taken a decision. The Commission is going to deliberate on what to do and that will take place after we have another meeting with the Operations Committee…”
Last week, Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield said that it would take GECOM close to five months to put proper arrangements in place for elections. He said too that those preparations cannot start unless he gets the green light to do so by GECOM’s Chairman, James Patterson.