The motive behind the impersonation of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) field staff is unknown at this point as investigations continue, says agency’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) Yolanda Ward.
The body issued a notice yesterday urging residents to be vigilant after reports were made of persons purporting to be “GECOM officials” visiting homes and offering to conduct transactions as part of the Claims and Objections exercise.
Ward told the Guyana Standard moments ago, that residents must only conduct transactions at the Permanent and temporary GECOM Registration Offices. No transaction should be conducted at the homes of electors, she noted.
Quizzed on whether the Guyana Police Force (GPF) was alerted, Ward responded in the negative; explaining that GECOM is still gathering information from the reports. Ward added that if reports persist, then the body will immediately engage the law enforcement agency.
She noted that reports of persons impersonating GECOM officials would have come from Itabali in Region Seven (Cuyuni/Mazaruni), the West Coast and West Bank of Demerara in Region Three (Essequibo Islands/West Demerara), and Georgetown, Region Four (Demerara/Mahaica).
The State-owned Guyana Chronicle reported today that since the commencement of Claims and Objections period two weeks ago, a total of 6,369 persons as of last Sunday, would have visited the Commission’s various offices to make a claim to be on the List or an objection for those who require changes in their particulars.